The Great War in Belgium and the Netherlands : beyond Flanders fields / Felicity Rash, Christophe Declercq, editors.

  • Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
  • ©2018
xix, 226 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 22 cm


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This book addresses the many avenues that are still left unexplored when it comes to our understanding of the First World War in the Low Countries. With the ongoing the centenary of the Great War, many events have been organized in the United Kingdom to commemorate its military events, its socio-political consequences, and its cultural legacy. Of these events, very few have paid attention to the fates of Belgium or the Netherlands, even though it was the invasion of Belgium in August 1914 that was the catalyst for Great Britain declaring war. The occupation of Belgium had long-term consequences for its people, but much of the military and social history of the Western Front concentrates on northern France, and the Netherlands is largely forgotten as a nation affected by the First World War. By opening the field beyond the military and beyond the front, this collection explores the interdisciplinary and international nature of the Great War.-- Publisher's website.
"This volume was inspired by a workshop, Beyond Flanders Fields, which took place at Queen Mary, University of London, on 4th-5th June, 2016."--Page vii.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. When neutrality cannot protect against belligerence: the position of the Low Countries seen from beyond Flanders fields / Felicity Rash -- 2. "A less-than-total total war": neutrality, invasion, and the stakes of war, 1914-1918 / Sophie de Schaepdrijver -- 3. The flames of Louvain: total war and the destruction of European high culture in Belgium by German occupying forces in August 1914 / John P. Williams -- 4. Furies, spies and fallen women: gender in German public discourse about Belgium, 1914-1918 / Sebastian Bischoff -- 5. The cultural mobilization of language and race during the First World War: the interaction between Dutch and Belgian intellectuals in response to the German Flamenpolitik / Tessa Lobbes -- 6. Which Belgium after the War? German academics dealing with the First World War and its aftermath / Geneviève Warland -- 7. Belgian exile press in Britain / Christophe Declercq -- 8. Trapped in occupied Brussels: Roberto J. Payró's war experience, 1914-1915 / María Inés Tato -- 9. A Cambro-Belgian in the Great War: Frank Brangwyn as artist and activist / Hugh Dunthorne -- 10. The Low Countries as enemies, 1918-1920 / Hubert P. van Tuyll -- 11. Westfront Nieuwpoort: the (collected) memory of the Belgian front / Karen Shelby.
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