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Landscapes of the Western Front Materiality During the Great War

By Ross Wilson Copyright 2012
    ISBN 9780415808057
    272 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    Published October 24, 2011 by Routledge

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    258 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    Published June 17, 2013 by Routledge

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    This book examines the British soldiers on the Western Front and how they responded to the war landscape they encountered behind the lines and at the front. Using a multidisciplinary perspective, this study investigates the relationship between soldiers and the spaces and materials of the warzone, analyzing how soldiers constructed a ‘sense of place’ in the hostile, unpredictable environment. Drawing upon recent developments within First World War Studies and the anthropological examination of the fields of conflict, an ethnohistorical perspective of the soldiers is built which details the various ways soldiers responded to the physical and material world of the Western Front. This study is also grounded in the wider debates on how the First World War is remembered within Britain and offers an alternative perspective on the individuals who fought in the world’s first global conflagration nearly a century ago.

    1. Introduction  2. Representing the Western Front: Locating the Individual  3. The Western Front, 1914-1918  4. Behind the Lines  5. In the Trenches  6. The Materials of War  7. Conclusions  Bibliography  Index


    Ross Wilson is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past in the Department of History, University of York, UK. He has research interests in the fields of heritage, landscapes, material culture and cultural representation. His doctoral research (York, 2008) focused on the battlefields of the Western Front (1914-1918) and the manner in which they have been portrayed and remembered through the memorial landscape, historiography, literature, film and archaeology.

    ‘A provocative demonstration of the ways British soldiers familiarized the unnatural and came to terms with the multiple Hells of the Western Front.’Dennis Showalter, Colorado College, USA

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