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Wilson, Ross and Chapman, Jane (2017) Illustrating war-time: cartoons and the British and Dominion soldier experience during the Great War, 1914-1918. War in History. ISSN 0968-3445 (In Press)

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Abstract

This article assesses how time was depicted within illustrated narratives published in trench newspapers and regimental journals by British and Dominion soldiers as a means of adapting to and enduring the experience of the First World War. Through an extensive archival study of these sources, soldiers’ ‘comic strips’ have been used to demonstrate that time is illustrated as a personal and social experience that enables individuals to comprehend their role within the army. Previous assessments of the experience of time on the battlefields have been dominated by the perception that mechanised warfare induced a fractured and disorientating sense of time. This has traditionally been heralded by scholars as indicating the arrival of a new ‘modern era’. However, research findings demonstrate the way in which soldiers illustrated time, the passing of time, the use of order, experience and progress are evident. Far from reflecting the alienating effect of modern warfare, soldiers illustrate ‘war-time’ as a means by which they inculcate themselves into a military culture and continue their role in the war.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DA10 British Empire. Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth
E History America > E151 United States (General)
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1001 Canada (General)
Divisions: Departments > History
Depositing User: Ross Wilson
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 13:29
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2017 13:29
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2782

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