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Enduring the Great War. Combat, Morale and Collapse in the German and British Armies, 1914-1918

Watson, Alexander. 2008. Enduring the Great War. Combat, Morale and Collapse in the German and British Armies, 1914-1918. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521881012 [Book]

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An innovative comparative history of how German and British soldiers endured the horror of the First World War. Unlike existing literature, which emphasises the strength of societies or military institutions, this study argues that at the heart of armies' robustness lay natural human resilience. Drawing widely on contemporary letters and diaries of British and German soldiers, psychiatric reports and official documentation, and interpreting these sources with modern psychological research, this unique account provides fresh insights into the soldiers' fears, motivations and coping mechanisms. It explains why the British outlasted their opponents by examining and comparing the motives for fighting, the effectiveness with which armies and societies supported men and the combatants' morale throughout the conflict on both sides. Finally it challenges the consensus on the war's end, arguing that not a 'covert strike' but rather an 'ordered surrender' led by junior officers brought about Germany's defeat in 1918.

Item Type:

Book

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

History
Research Office > REF2014

Date:

2008

Item ID:

8563

Date Deposited:

27 Jun 2013 07:34

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 10:38

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/8563

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