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Beyond the Trenches – The Social and Cultural Impact of the Great War

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Elżbieta Katarzyna Dzikowska, Agata G. Handley and Piotr Zawilski

This collection of articles is the outcome of extensive investigations into archival materials, concerning the involvement of various nations in the Great War. The authors analyse the wartime experiences of individuals and local communities, as well as whole nations. They offer a closer, more personal view of the impact of the Great War. The book re-constructs individual war narratives, and studies the long-term consequences of the conflict. The result is a multifaceted portrayal of the war, seen from local and international perspectives.

Elżbieta Katarzyna Dzikowska is Professor at the Institute of German Philology, University of Łódź. The main areas of her academic research include: German 20th century literature, Polish–German comparative literature and gender issues.

Agata G. Handley received her PhD at the University of Łódź, where she works as a researcher at the Philology Department. The main areas of her academic interest are: British culture and contemporary British poetry.

Piotr Zawilski is director of the State Archive in Łódź and former director of the State Archive in Piotrków Trybunalski. He is the Vice-President of the Association of Polish Archivists.