Capital Cities at War: Paris, London, Berlin 1914–1919 (Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare)

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9780521571715: Capital Cities at War: Paris, London, Berlin 1914–1919 (Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare)
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This ambitious volume marks a huge step in our understanding of the social history of the Great War. Jay Winter and Jean-Louis Robert have gathered a group of scholars of London, Paris and Berlin, who collectively have drawn a coherent and original study of cities at war. The contributors explore notions of well-being in wartime cities - relating to the economy and the question of whether the state of the capitals contributed to victory or defeat. Expert contributors in fields stretching from history, demography, anthropology, economics, and sociology to the history of medicine, bring an interdisciplinary approach to the book, as well as representing the best of recent research in their own fields. Capital Cities at War, one of the few truly comparative works on the Great War, will transform studies of the conflict, and is likely to become a paradigm for research on other wars.

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'In this volume, the first of two, eleven historians from Britain, France, Germany and the US have undertaken a major exercise in 'the social and cultural history of modern warfare'. Teamwork permits a range of research in the archives of three nations almost impossible for an individual, and the vast amount of information contained here will be a constant recourse for future enquirers.' London Review of Books

'... the most powerful, distinguished and innovative work of recent social history to be published in the last twenty years ... to undertake a comparative, historical analysis of three of the world's most challenging capital cities and to complete it to this standard is unprecedented to the knowledge of this reviewer ... the European historiography of the future is already with us - in the form of multilingual pioneers like Winter and Robert, and their associates.' Anthony Sutcliffe, Reviews in History

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A benchmark in our understanding of the social aspects of World War I, this is one of the few truly comparative studies of that conflict. Expert contributors from several fields, stretching from history to economics, bring an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Europe's great wartime cities.

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