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Fighting Different Wars: Experience, Memory, and the First World War in Britain (Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare) Paperback – 12 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; New Ed edition (12 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052103549X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521035491
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,291,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… this is a cogently argued, important book.' BBC History

'This is a useful and thought-provoking book. Undergraduates of history and literature should be encouraged to read it both for the light it sheds on the British experience of the First World War and for the way it illustrates the contrast between strictly contemporary evidence and primary sources molded by the retrospection of just a few years. Historians should welcome it for highlighting how perceptions of the war came to be dominated by stories of disillusionment and futility. Scholarship like this will, eventually, undermine the monolithic authority of those stories and the history of the war - multifaceted and complex - will reach a wider audience.' H-Net

'This is a thoughtful piece of research and a book well worth reading.' Open History

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Using a wealth of published and unpublished wartime and restropective writings, this 2004 book contrasts war as lived experience and war as memory. Fighting Different Wars is an interesting, richly textured and multi-layered book that will be compelling reading for all those interested in the First World War.

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Professor Watson's book on war and memory in Great Britain won the Western Front Association's (US Branch) Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Award for the best work of history in English on WWI in 2005. The prize is awarded by a panel headed by Dennis Showalter, past President of the Society for Military History. Other panel members include Hugh Strachan, and Holger Herwig.
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