The Resource The embattled self : French soldiers' testimony of the Great War, Leonard V. Smith, (electronic resource)

The embattled self : French soldiers' testimony of the Great War, Leonard V. Smith, (electronic resource)

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The embattled self : French soldiers' testimony of the Great War
Title
The embattled self
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French soldiers' testimony of the Great War
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Leonard V. Smith
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Language
eng
Summary
How did the soldiers in the trenches of the Great War understand and explain battlefield experience, and themselves through that experience? Situated at the intersection of military history and cultural history, The Embattled Self draws on the testimony of French combatants to explore how combatants came to terms with the war. In order to do so, they used a variety of narrative tools at hand-rites of passage, mastery, a character of the soldier as a consenting citizen of the Republic. None of the resulting versions of the story provided a completely consistent narrative, and all raised more questions about the "truth" of experience than they answered. Eventually, a story revolving around tragedy and the soldier as victim came to dominate-even to silence-other types of accounts. In thematic chapters, Leonard V. Smith explains why the novel structured by a specific notion of trauma prevailed by the 1930s. Smith canvasses the vast literature of nonfictional and fictional testimony from French soldiers to understand how and why the "embattled self" changed over time. In the process, he undermines the conventional understanding of the war as tragedy and its soldiers as victims, a view that has dominated both scholarly and popular opinion since the interwar period. The book is important reading not only for traditional historians of warfare but also for scholars in a variety of fields who think critically about trauma and the use of personal testimony in literary and historical studies
Cataloging source
Midwest
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1957-
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Smith, Leonard V.
Dewey number
940.4092/244
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Electronic books
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adult
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The embattled self : French soldiers' testimony of the Great War, Leonard V. Smith, (electronic resource)
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online resource
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rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780801471209
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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12426205
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MWT12426205
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remote
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
The embattled self : French soldiers' testimony of the Great War, Leonard V. Smith, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780801471209
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
12426205
Publisher number
MWT12426205
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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