No Man's Land: Combat and Identity in World War 1

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CUP Archive, 1979 - History - 257 pages
Based on the firsthand accounts of German, French, British, and American front-line soldiers, No Man's Land examines how the first modern, industrialized war transformed the character of the men who participated in it. Ancient myths about war eroded in the trenches, where the relentless monotony and impotence of the solder's life was interrupted only by unpredictable moments of annihilation. Professor Leed looks at how the traumatic experience of combat itself and the wholesale shattering of the conventions and ethical codes of normal social life turned ordinary civilians into 'liminal men', men living beyond the limits of the accepted and the expected. He uses the concept of liminality to illuminate the central features of the war experience: the separation from 'home': the experience of pollution, death, comradeship, and 'the uncanny': and the ambivalence of returning veterans about civilian society. In a final chapter Professor Leed assesses the long-term political impact of the front experience. He finds that the end of hostilities did not mean the end of the war experience as much as the beginning of a process by which that experience was framed, institutionalized, celebrated and relived in political action as well as in fiction.
 

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THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! YOU SEE THROUGH SOLDIERS EYES AND HAVE A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON WORLD WAR 1 ;))
IDK ITS JUST REALLY GREAT AND TO A HIGHLY EDUCATED PERSON LIKE ME I RECOMEND IT!!!
SHOUT OUT TO THIS AMAZING AUTHOR!!
BTW** I DID MY REPORT OFF THIS BOOK AND GOT AN "A"

Contents

The Community of August and the Escape
39
The Realities of
73
Myth and Modern War
115
An Exit from the Labyrinth Neuroses
163
The Veteran Between Front and Home
193
The Economy of Sacrifice and Its Collapse
204
The Internalization of War
210
Bibliography
233
Index
247
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