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Communication and the First World War

1st Edition

Edited by John Griffiths


312 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-04-15
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Despite the voluminous historical literature on the First World War, a volume devoted to the theme of communication has yet to appear. From the communication of war aims and objectives to the communication of war call-up and war experience and knowledge, this volume fills the gap in the market, including the work of both established and newly emerging scholars working on the First World War across the globe. The volume will include chapters that focus on the experience of belligerent and also neutral powers, thus providing a genuinely representative dimension to the subject.

Table of Contents


Professor Glyn Harper

Introduction: Perspectives on Communication and the Study of the First World War

John Griffiths

1. Writing a war of words: Negotiating Trench Warfare in Andrew Clark’s ‘English Words in War-Time’

Lynda Mugglestone

2. British Discourse, Representations and Conceptualisations of the Armenian Genocide during the First World War

Peter Morgan

3. ‘Spreading Fields of Victory’?: The Reporting of Gallipoli, Jutland and the Somme in The War Illustrated

Jonathan Rayner

4. Fake News or an Education in War? Communicating War Aims to the British Public in its Early Phases: The Oxford Pamphlets 1914-1915

John Griffiths

5. Desperately Seeking the Centre: Critiques of U.S. Propaganda Posters During a ‘Highbrow’ vs. ‘Lowbrow’ Age

Harlen Makemson

6. The Future of Alsace: The French Case to the Americans

Christopher Fischer

7. Women's War: Engaging Canadian Housewives in the Food Economy in 1914-1918

Mourad Djebabla

8. ‘Continuing the Mission’: The First World War and the Roots of Red Scare Violence, 1919-21

Matthew Kovac

9. International Propaganda in Spain During the First World War: State of the Art and New Contributions

Marta Garcia Cabrera

10. Great expectations: The Latency of the First World War in Republican Portugal (1914-1916)

José Miguel Sardica

11. The Role of the Dundee Press and Public Propaganda in shaping public opinion and home front support for the war effort in Scotland, 1914-1918

William Kenefick

12. Wartime and Postwar Medical Communication: The Role of the U.S. Army Medical Library

Jeffrey S. Reznick and Kenneth M. Koyle

About the Editor

John Griffiths is Senior Lecturer in History at Massey University, New Zealand. He is author of Imperial Culture in Antipodean Cities 1880-1939 (2014); co-editor with Andrew Brown of The Citizen: Past and Present (2017). He is one of the Managing Editors of the journal Britain and the World.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in First World War History

The First World War is a subject of perennial interest to historians and is often regarded as a watershed event, marking the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the 'modern' industrial world. The sheer scale of the conflict and massive loss of life means that it is constantly being assessed and reassessed to examine its lasting military, political, sociological, industrial, cultural and economic impact. Reflecting the latest international scholarly research, the Routledge Studies in First World War History series provides a unique platform for the publication of monographs on all aspects of the Great War. Whilst the main thrust of the series is on the military aspects of the conflict, other related areas (including cultural, visual, literary, political and social) are also addressed. Books published are aimed primarily at a post-graduate academic audience, furthering exciting recent interpretations of the war, whilst still being accessible enough to appeal to a wider audience of educated lay readers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Military / World War I