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As the centenary approaches: the regeneration of First World War historiography

Jones, Heather (2013) As the centenary approaches: the regeneration of First World War historiography. Historical Journal, 56 (3). pp. 857-878. ISSN 0018-246X

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0018246X13000216


This historiographical review explores the impact of new interdisciplinary, comparative, and cultural approaches to studying the First World War upon the historiography, as the centenary of the conflict approaches in 2014. It assesses to what extent these approaches have led to new consensus regarding five key established historiographical questions: why did war break out; why did the Allies win; were the generals to blame for the high casualty rates; how did men endure trench warfare; and to what extent did civilian society accept and endorse the war effort? It also examines how these historiographical approaches have led to the emergence of new themes – in particular, military occupation, radicalization, race, and the wartime body – in the war's historiography. Ultimately, it concludes that how the war is understood has undergone radical revision since the 1990s as a result of these changes.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2013 11:39
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2024 00:30

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