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War Time

First World War Perspectives on Temporality, 1st Edition

Edited by Louis Halewood, Adam Luptak, Hanna Smyth


222 pages

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The International Society for First World War Studies’ ninth conference, ‘War Time’, drew together emerging and leading scholars to discuss, reflect upon, and consider the ways that time has been conceptualised both during the war itself and in subsequent scholarship. War Time: First World War Perspectives on Temporality, stemming from this 2016 conference, offers its readers a collection of the conference’s most inspiring and thought-provoking papers from the next generation of First World War scholars. In its varied yet thematically-related chapters, the book aims to examine new chronologies of the Great War and bring together its military and social history. Its cohesive theme creates opportunities to find common ground and connections between these sub-disciplines of history, and prompts students and academics alike to seriously consider time as alternately a unifying, divisive, and ultimately shaping force in the conflict and its historiography. With content spanning land and air, the home and fighting fronts, multiple nations, and stretching to both pre-1914 and post-1918, these ten chapters by emerging researchers (plus an introductory chapter by the conference organisers, and a foreword by John Horne) offer an irreplaceable and invaluable snapshot of how the next generation of First World War scholars from eight countries were innovatively conceptualising the conflict and its legacy at the midpoint of its centenary. 


"The First World War was one of the most cataclysmic events of the 20th century. For many, the world stood still; for others their worlds were shaken beyond imagination. By placing time as the central framework of analysis, this collection of essays – based on research by up-and-coming scholars – pushes our understanding of the war and the experiences of those who lived through it in new directions. As we move beyond the centenary of the First World War, this volume is testimony to the fact that its historiography has never been in a more exciting place."

- Professor Catriona Pennell, University of Exeter

Table of Contents


Foreword by John Horne

List of Contributors




Louis Halewood, Adam Luptak and Hanna Smyth


Section I: Speed, Pacing, & Suspension

  1. No Time To Waste: How German military authorities attempted to speed up the recovery of soldiers in home front hospitals, 1914-1918.
  2. Alina Enzensberger

  3. Fast Therapy and Fast Recovery: The Role of Time for the Italian Neuropsychiatric Service in the War Zones.
  4. Anna Grillini

  5. A Stitch in Time: Inefficiency and the Appeal of Patriotic Work in Australia and Canada.
  6. Steve Marti

  7. Slow Going: Wartime Affect and Small Press Modernism.
  8. Cedric Van Dijck


    Section II: Reorientation & Memory

  9. "It is at night-time that we notice most of the changes in our life caused by the war":War-time, Zeppelins and Children’s Experience of the Great War in London.
  10. Assaf Mond

  11. Time, Space, and Death: Germany’s Living and Lost Aviators of the First World War.
  12. Robert William Rennie

  13. The Photo Albums of the First World War: Composing and Practicing the Images of the Time of Destruction.
  14. Erica Grossi


    Section III: Relationship Between Past, Present, & Future

  15. Brothers – and Sons – in Arms: First World War Memory, the Life Cycle, and Generational Shifts during the Second World War.
  16. Ashley Garber

  17. Between Passatism and Futurism: The Rites of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in a Transnational Perspective (1914-1919).
  18. Sante Lesti

  19. Hoping for Victorious Peace: Morale and the Future on the Western Front, 1914-1918.

Alexander C. Mayhew


About the Editors

Louis Halewood is a DPhil student in History at Merton College, University of Oxford. His research analyses visions of a new world order, and the role of maritime power in its creation and underpinning, in Britain, France, and the United States between 1890 and 1922.

Adam Luptak is a DPhil student in History at Oriel College, University of Oxford. His research explores the topic of disabled veterans of the Great War in interbellum Czechoslovakia.

Hanna Smyth is a DPhil student in Global and Imperial History at Exeter College, University of Oxford. Her research is transnational comparison of Imperial War Graves Commission sites on the Western Front, examining how they represented different aspects of South African, Indian, Canadian, and Australian identities in the 1920s-1930s.

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 / Military / World War I