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World War I from Local Perspectives: History, Literature and Visual Arts

Austria, Britain, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Poland and the United States


Edited By Mirosława Buchholtz and Grzegorz Koneczniak

The volume explores the ways in which the Great War has been remembered and imaged in various local accounts. It provides careful readings of a wide range of sources: letters exchanged by Henry James and Burgess Noakes, spoken accounts of the Old Believers of the Russian Orthodox Church, historical documents concerning Eastern Europe and the United States, travel writings by Fritz Wertheimer, Hermann Struck, and Herbert Eulenberg, literary texts by Lord Dunsany, Miroslav Krleža, and Gustav Meyrink, theater performances in Italy and Ireland and visual arts: masks for facially disfigured soldiers made by Francis Derwent Wood and Anna Coleman Ladd.
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History Today: Ireland and the Great War


In 2014, the Canadian Historical Review issued “two special features to highlight past and current thinking about the war and its place in the journal and in Canadian history generally. The first, published in March, is a bibliography of the more than three dozen articles directly related to the war that have appeared in the chr since it began publication in 1920, less than two years after the armistice” (2014: 382). On the one hand, the bibliography brought together the development of historical perception of the Great War and Canada; on the other hand, it presupposed a certain historiography, or meta-historiographic way of thinking, which, in the context of multifaceted involvement of Canada in the war and its current centenary, can be crucial in shaping one’s historical comprehension of the conflict. As regards the next “special feature […]” present in the Canadian Historical Review (September 2014), three WWI-related texts were included. They focus “on how historians have written about Canada and the war” and are followed by “a fourth to comment on these historiographic pieces and a fifth to help frame [their] readers’ reflections on the commemorative and other public initiatives that have already begun and will intensify in the coming months” (2014: 382). The fourth study is “Battles of the Imagined Past: Canada’s Great War and Memory,” by Tim Cook, in which the author discusses the three other texts found in the 2014 September number of the journal: “their critical analysis of some aspects of the recent Great...

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