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‘Bereaved and Aggrieved: Combat Motivation and the Ideology of Sacrifice in the First World War’

Watson, Alexander and Porter, Patrick. 2010. ‘Bereaved and Aggrieved: Combat Motivation and the Ideology of Sacrifice in the First World War’. Historical Research, 83(219), pp. 146-64. ISSN 1468-2281 [Article]

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This article re-examines the role of sacrificial ideology in motivating Germans and Britons to fight between 1914-18. Contrary to current historiography, it contends that the ideology remained relevant in the war’s mass slaughter and even exacerbated the violence. It begins by noting the ubiquity of sacrificial rhetoric and symbolism during peacetime and explains their importance in the mobilisation of August 1914. It then explores how the ideology adapted to the circumstances of modern combat. It shows that concepts of sacrifice not only remained resonant for most soldiers, but actually encouraged them to endure and seek vengeance to vindicate their dead.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2281.2008.00473.x

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

History
Research Office > REF2014

Dates:

DateEvent
February 2010Published

Item ID:

8565

Date Deposited:

27 Jun 2013 07:34

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 10:38

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/8565

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