Men at War, 1914-1918: National Sentiment and Trench Journalism in France during the First World War

TitleMen at War, 1914-1918: National Sentiment and Trench Journalism in France during the First World War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsAudoin-Rouzeau, St├ęphane
PublisherBerg
CityProvidence
Abstract

For many years, the only narratives of war were written by veterans from prosperous or cultured backgrounds. This study focuses on the personal accounts of the "popular classes," both urban and rural, by looking at the extraordinarily rich and varied range of trench journalism that brings to life - in the vivid language of the soldiers themselves - not only their suffering but also their vulgarity, sentimentality and idealism. By analyzing these firsthand accounts, the author aims to find an explanation for the French soldiers' extraordinary tenacity for more than four years, in the face of a war the outcome of which was unclear until the summer of 1918, and despite the terrible physical and mental conditions of trench warfare. [modified from author]

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