978-1-85109-565-0 / 9781851095650

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Personal Perspectives: World War I offers a unique and unprecedented view of the Great War through the experiences of its participantspeople of all ranks and races. Focusing on 12 major groups, essays by top international scholars put readers directly into the lives of victims of gas attacks, women factory workers, African American soldiers, pacifists, medical personnel, and other groups both on the battlefield and home front.

Of interest to both students and nonexperts, the work tells the stories of soldiers who suffered in the trenches, U-boat and antiU-boat personnel, German Americans in the United States, and women activists like Florence Jaffrey Harriman. Through the perspectives of commanders, captives, civilians, and social workers, readers will learn why British soldiers in the Netherlands were called "maiden robbers," how the YMCA set up huts to care for prisoners in POW camps, and how efforts to entertain U.S. troops led to the the largest theatrical enterprise in history.

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