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European Culture in the Great War

European Culture in the Great War
The Arts, Entertainment and Propaganda, 1914–1918


Part of Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare

Richard Stites, Peter Jelavich, Harold B. Segel, Aviel Roshwald, Steven Beller, Claire Nolte, Joseph Held, Andrew Wachtel, Evelina Kelbetcheva, Maria Bucur, Sophie de Schaepdrijver, Marc Ferro, Walter L. Adamson, Jay Winter
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  • Date Published: February 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521013246

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  • It is commonplace to refer to the First World War as an historical watershed, but the nature of that great cataclysm's impact upon European society and culture remains a hotly debated topic. Many recent works have dealt with the Great War's role in shaping artistic and intellectual modernism and with the social history of the war. Yet the English-language literature remains dominated by a disproportionate emphasis on the western European experience. This book redresses the balance by giving equal attention to the countries of eastern and central Europe, and distinguishes itself by focusing specifically on cultural change during the course of the war, as distinct from the after-effects and memories of the conflict.

    • A high-level international assembly of distinguished authors who tackle the widest possible range of European culture during World War I
    • Covers eastern European countries in addition to the usual roster of western and central European powers
    • Includes a generous number of fascinating photographic and other graphic illustrations of the period
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… an important collection that casts new light on the cultural history of the Great War … essential reading for anyone who is interested in the complex relationship between propaganda and popular culture.' History Today

    'The book's essays on the Great Powers are fresh and occasionally provocative, but the collection siginificantly enriches our conception of Europe by including informative chapters on Romania, Bulgaria, and the culture of the Poles, the Hungarians, the Czechs, the South Slavs, the Jews, and the Belgians.' Slavic Review

    'Scholars of the First World War familiar only with the histories of Britain, France or Germany will find much that is new and valuable … the real strength of the collection rests in the attention it pays to the neglected regions and nations of east central Europe.' Journal of Modern History

    '… a notable contribution to the literature … All in all, this is a feast of a book.' Economic History Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521013246
    • length: 444 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Days and nights in wartime Russia Richard Stites
    2. German culture in the Great War Peter Jelavich
    3. Culture in Poland during World War I Harold B. Segel
    4. Jewish cultural identity in Eastern and central Europe during the Great War Aviel Roshwald
    5. The tragic carnival: Austrian culture in the First World War Steven Beller
    6. Ambivalent patriots: Czech culture in the Great War Claire Nolte
    7. Culture in Hungary during World War I Joseph Held
    8. Culture in the south Slavic lands, 1914–18 Andrew Wachtel
    9. Between apology and denial: Bulgarian culture during World War I Evelina Kelbetcheva
    10. Romania: war, occupation, liberation Maria Bucur
    11. Occupation, propaganda, and the idea of Belgium Sophie de Schaepdrijver
    12. Cultural life in France, 1914–18 Marc Ferro
    13. The impact of World War I on Italian political culture Walter L. Adamson
    14. Popular culture in wartime Britain Jay Winter

  • Editors

    Aviel Roshwald, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Aviel Roshwald is Professor of History at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is the author of The Endurance of Nationalism: Ancient Roots and Modern Dilemmas (Cambridge University Press, 2006). His previous publications include Estranged Bedfellows: Britain and France in the Middle East during the Second World War (1990) and Ethnic Nationalism and the Fall of Empires: Central Europe, Russia and the Middle East, 1914–1923 (2001). He is co-editor, with Richard Stites, of European Culture during the Great War: The Arts, Entertainment, and Propaganda, 1914–1918 (Cambridge University Press, 1999).

    Richard Stites, Georgetown University, Washington DC


    Richard Stites, Peter Jelavich, Harold B. Segel, Aviel Roshwald, Steven Beller, Claire Nolte, Joseph Held, Andrew Wachtel, Evelina Kelbetcheva, Maria Bucur, Sophie de Schaepdrijver, Marc Ferro, Walter L. Adamson, Jay Winter

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