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The Secret Battle: Emotional survival in the great war

Roper, M (2010) The Secret Battle: Emotional survival in the great war. Cultural History of Modern War . Mancherster University Press. ISBN 9780719083860

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Abstract

What did home mean to British soldiers and how did it help them to cope with the psychological strains of the Great War? Family relationships lie at the heart of this book. It explores the contribution letters and parcels from home played in maintaining the morale of this largely young, amateur army. And it shows how soldiers, in their turn, sought to adapt domestic habits to the trenches. Pursuing the unconscious clues within a rich collection of letters and memoirs with the help of psychoanalytical ideas, including those formulated by the veteran tank commander Wilfred Bion, this study asks fundamental questions about the psychological resources of this generation of young men. It reveals how the extremities of battle exposed the deepest emotional ties of childhood, and went on marking the post-war domestic lives of those who returned.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2013 10:13
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 18:03
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/5150

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