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Author Houghton, Frances, author

Title The veterans' tale : British military memoirs of the Second World War / Frances Houghton
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 293 pages) : PDF file(s)
Series Studies in the social and cultural history of modern warfare
Studies in the social and cultural history of modern warfare.
Contents Motive and the veteran-memoirist -- Penning and publishing the veterans' tale -- Landscape, nature, and battlefields -- Machines, weapons, and protagonists -- "Distance", killing, and the enemy -- Comradeship, leadership, and martial fraternity -- Selfhood and coming of age in veteran memoir -- History, cultural memory, and the veteran-memoirist
Summary This is a unique account of the ways in which British veterans of the Second World War remembered, understood, and recounted their experiences of battle throughout the post-war period. Focusing on themes of landscape, weaponry, the enemy, and comradeship, Frances Houghton examines the imagery and language used by war memoirists to reconstruct and review both their experiences of battle and their sense of wartime self. Houghton also identifies how veterans' memoirs became significant sites of contest as former servicemen sought to challenge what they saw as unsatisfactory official, scholarly, and cultural representations of the Second World War in Britain. Her findings show that these memoirs are equally important both for the new light they shed on the memory and meanings of wartime military experience among British veterans, and for what they tell us about the cultural identity of military life-writing in post-war British society
Notes Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 04 Jan 2019)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Collective memory -- Great Britain.
Veterans' writings, English -- History and criticism.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Great Britain.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1108690165
1108756921 (electronic bk.)
9781108690164 (ebook)
9781108756921 (electronic bk.)
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