The First World War: trauma and memory
The First World War: trauma and memory

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The First World War: trauma and memory

2.3 Week 2 summary

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Figure 16 British soldiers entering a village in France.

In this week’s study, you have learned about the varying ways in which the war affected civilians, both mentally and physically, on the home fronts of Europe. Wars in the twentieth century no longer spared civilians. They were victims of atrocities, hunger and disease. Casualties among combatant populations reached unprecedented numbers as states mobilised every last resource in order to win this war.

In the final week of this course, you will be looking at representations of trauma and grief in art and literature, and you will also explore how trauma continues to affect combatants and non-combatants in conflicts in the twenty-first century.


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