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Enduring the Great War

£60.00

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This book is an innovative comparative history of how German and British soldiers endured the horror of the First World War. Unlike existing literature, which emphasises the strength of societies or military institutions, this study argues that at the heart of armies' robustness lay natural human resilience. Drawing widely on contemporary letters and diaries of British and German soldiers, psychiatric reports and official documentation, and interpreting these sources with modern psychological research, this unique account provides fresh insights into the soldiers' fears, motivations and coping mechanisms. It explains why the British outlasted their opponents by examining and comparing the motives for fighting, the effectiveness with which armies and societies supported men and the combatants' morale throughout the conflict on both sides. Finally it challenges the consensus on the war's end, arguing that not a 'covert strike' but rather an 'ordered surrender' led by junior officers brought about Germany's defeat in 1918.
This copy is a former library book but is in very good condition.
The unclipped dustjacket has the library reference on the spine. It is covered with protective film and fixed to the hardback cover with adhesive tape. The cover is in good condition apart from light bumping. The binding is sound. The pages are clean and unmarked apart from library stickers on the front endpapers, stamp on the title page and top edge of pages and security sticker in the back.
Copyright/first published 2008.

Item details

Added value:
dustjacket, probably FE
Author(s):
Alexander Watson
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
15.9 x 23.5 x 2.4 cm
Edition:
2008
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521881013
ISBN-13:
9780521881012
Number of pages:
288
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Enduring the Great War

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This book is an innovative comparative history of how German and British soldiers endured the horror of the First World War. Unlike existing literature, which emphasises the strength of societies or military institutions, this study argues that at the heart of armies' robustness lay natural human resilience. Drawing widely on contemporary letters and diaries of British and German soldiers, psychiatric reports and official documentation, and interpreting these sources with modern psychological research, this unique account provides fresh insights into the soldiers' fears, motivations and coping mechanisms. It explains why the British outlasted their opponents by examining and comparing the motives for fighting, the effectiveness with which armies and societies supported men and the combatants' morale throughout the conflict on both sides. Finally it challenges the consensus on the war's end, arguing that not a 'covert strike' but rather an 'ordered surrender' led by junior officers brought about Germany's defeat in 1918.
This copy is a former library book but is in very good condition.
The unclipped dustjacket has the library reference on the spine. It is covered with protective film and fixed to the hardback cover with adhesive tape. The cover is in good condition apart from light bumping. The binding is sound. The pages are clean and unmarked apart from library stickers on the front endpapers, stamp on the title page and top edge of pages and security sticker in the back.
Copyright/first published 2008.

Added value:
dustjacket, probably FE
Author(s):
Alexander Watson
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
15.9 x 23.5 x 2.4 cm
Edition:
2008
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521881013
ISBN-13:
9780521881012
Number of pages:
288
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Enduring the Great War

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