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- DescriptionMore than eight million young men perished during the First World War-a staggering figure. The natural reaction to such a great loss of humanity was to forget the individuals and recast the conflict into one of faceless armies and battles commemorated in stone and metal monuments. War Letters of Fallen Englishmen was published following the war in order to remind the living of those who were lost in the name of the British crown-brothers, husbands, fathers, sons. This collection provides, in the very words of those who participated and died in combat, the closest approximation possible to the experience of war. Carefully selected from thousands of letters, those in this collection are poignant, powerful, and graphic and were chosen for their depth of perception, the intensity of their descriptions, and their messages to future generations. This edition contains a new foreword by the distinguished World War I historian Jay Winter.
- Author BiographyLaurence Housman (1865-1959), younger brother of A. E. Housman, was an accomplished illustrator, musician, and author of more than eighty works of poetry, fiction, plays, nonfiction, and stories for children. Jay Winter, Professor of History at Yale University, is the author of many books, including Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History. He was cowriter and chief historian for the PBS series The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century, which won an Emmy award in 1997.
- PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Date of Publication04/06/2002
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Series TitlePine Street Books
- Place of PublicationBaltimore
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPine Street Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight460 g
- Width127 mm
- Height184 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Edited byLaurence Housman
- Foreword byDr Jay Winter
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