The Unquiet Western Front
Britain's Role in Literature and History
By (author) Brian Bond
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Unquiet Western Front by Brian Bond
Book DescriptionBritain's outstanding military achievement in the First World War has been eclipsed by literary myths. Why has the Army's role on the Western Front been so seriously misrepresented? This 2002 book shows how myths have become deeply rooted, particularly in the inter-war period, in the 1960s, and in the 1990s. The outstanding 'anti-war' influences have been 'war poets', subalterns' trench memoirs, the book and film of All Quiet on the Western Front, and the play Journey's End. For a new generation in the 1960s the play and film of Oh What a Lovely War had a dramatic effect, while more recently Blackadder has been dominant. Until more recently, historians had either reinforced the myths, or had failed to counter them. This book follows the intense controversy from 1918 to the present, and concludes that historians are at last permitting the First World War to be placed in proper perspective.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521036412
(228mm x 152mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Brian Bond
War and Society, Hardback (September 2015)
Originally published: London: Croom Helm, 1977.
Britain's Two World Wars Against Germany, Hardback (October 2014)» View all books by Brian Bond
This title challenges popular views of the First World War as catastrophic and futile and the Second World War as a well-conducted and victorious moral crusade.
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Author Biography - Brian Bond
Brian Bond is Emeritus Professor of Military History, King's College London. One of Britain's leading military historians, he has been President of the British Commission for Military History since 1986.
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