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The Resource German Soldier Newspapers of the First World War, Robert L. Nelson

German Soldier Newspapers of the First World War, Robert L. Nelson

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German Soldier Newspapers of the First World War
Title
German Soldier Newspapers of the First World War
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Robert L. Nelson
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "The literature on trench journalism is well-established for Britain and France during the First World War, but this book is the first systematic study in English of German soldier newspapers as a representation of daily life and beliefs on the front. Printed by and for soldiers at or near the front line these newspapers were read by millions of 'ordinary soldiers.' They reveal an elaborately defined understanding of comradeship and duty. The war of aggression, the prolonged occupation on both fronts, and the hostility of the local populations were justified through a powerful image of manly comradeship. The belief among many Germans was that they were good gentlemen, fighting a just war and bringing civilization to backward populations. This comparative study includes French, British, Australian, and Canadian newspapers and sheds new light on the views of combatants on both sides of the line"--
  • "Why do soldiers fight? Why did German soldiers follow orders throughout a seemingly endless war from 1914 to 1918? Did German soldiers really believe that they were waging a 'war of defence' while occupying foreign soil and populations? Were German soldiers atavistic nationalists or bitter pacifists? In other words, were these men perpetrators or victims? What was the postwar legacy of these soldiers' experiences for the dark events to come? Every major study of German soldiers in the First World War (and ninety plus years has produced a vast library) attempts to tackle most, sometimes all, of these questions. This book is no exception. I posit partial answers to all of these queries through my analysis of German soldier newspapers, printed at or near the front, by and for soldiers. I will show that this incredibly popular medium, bought and read by millions, provided 'ordinary soldiers' with a language of manly justification for the aggressive and occupational practices of the German army. The soldier newspapers largely bypassed the popular nationalist discourse, a troublesome category in the still 'young' Germany with its many 'ethnic' divisions and decentralised mass culture, and instead focused upon the ideal of comradeship. This comradeship involved both that among fellow soldiers with its associated concepts of what it meant to be a 'man, ' as well as the idea of the German comrade, an honest, good gentleman, as a participant in an occupying, or 'colonizing, ' force"--
  • "Why do soldiers fight? Why did German soldiers follow orders throughout a seemingly endless war from 1914 to 1918? Did German soldiers really believe that they were waging a 'war of defence' while occupying foreign soil and populations? Were German soldiers atavistic nationalists or bitter pacifists? In other words, were these men perpetrators or victims? What was the postwar legacy of these soldiers' experiences for the dark events to come? Every major study of German soldiers in the First World War (and ninety plus years has produced a vast library) attempts to tackle most, sometimes all, of these questions. This book is no exception. I posit partial answers to all of these queries through my analysis of German soldier newspapers, printed at or near the front, by and for soldiers. I will show that this incredibly popular medium, bought and read by millions, provided 'ordinary soldiers' with a language of manly justification for the aggressive and occupational practices of the German army. The soldier newspapers largely bypassed the popular nationalist discourse, a troublesome category in the still 'young' Germany with its many 'ethnic' divisions and decentralised mass culture, and instead focused upon the ideal of comradeship. This comradeship involved both that among fellow soldiers with its associated concepts of what it meant to be a 'man,' as well as the idea of the German comrade, an honest, good gentleman, as a participant in an occupying, or 'colonizing,' force"--
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1971-
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Nelson, Robert L.
Dewey number
070.4/49940343
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
D632.5.G3
LC item number
N45 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Germany
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Soldiers
  • Soldiers
  • Fellowship
  • Male friendship
  • German newspapers
  • Journalism, Military
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • HISTORY / Military / General
Label
German Soldier Newspapers of the First World War, Robert L. Nelson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Authorship, censorship, readership -- National culture, national cohesion -- Comradeship -- German comrades, Slavic women -- Occupation and justification -- Appendix: German soldier newspapers
Control code
691202244
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 268 pages
Isbn
9780521192910
Lccn
2010048114
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)691202244
Label
German Soldier Newspapers of the First World War, Robert L. Nelson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Authorship, censorship, readership -- National culture, national cohesion -- Comradeship -- German comrades, Slavic women -- Occupation and justification -- Appendix: German soldier newspapers
Control code
691202244
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 268 pages
Isbn
9780521192910
Lccn
2010048114
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)691202244

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