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Experience of a Lifetime
Experience of a Lifetime

Experience of a Lifetime

People, personalities and leaders in the First World War

Edited by John Crawford, Edited by David Littlewood, Edited by James Watson

Centary History Programme series


352 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $30.00 (US $30.00) (CA $40.00)

Publication Date: April 2016

ISBN 9780994130013

Rights: US & CA

Massey University Press (Apr 2016)


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The First World War is widely conceived as a pointless conflict that destroyed a generation. Petty squabbles between emperors pushed naïve young men into a nightmare of mud and blood that killed millions and left scarred and embittered survivors. However, the ongoing reinterpretation of the First World War reveals that matters were rather more nuanced and complex. Hardship and death were all too common, but there were positive experiences, too. Vast numbers of people, for example, travelled to new parts of the world and encountered new cultures, inspiring a sense of wonder and respect. Military tactics were improved, and great military commanders of the inter-war and Second World War periods came to prominence during the First World War. The conflict also had a formative influence on politicians, writers, artists, union leaders, businessmen and some ethnic minorities, who used their participation to press for equal rights and full citizenship. This book’s 16 chapters, written by a range of leading New Zealand and international historians, explains how.