War culture

War culture - 4/1/08 HIST 4020/ Era of the Great War War...

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4/1/08 HIST 4020/ Era of the Great War War Culture 1. The emergence of 'War Culture' in 1914-1918 What is 'culture'? -1. collective practices and rituals identifiable to a community: nation state or ethnic group. Always a shared experience. -2. 'high culture': fine arts, literature. (a subset of the entire human experience) -looking for how art provides a deeper understanding of the human condition =all of these elements are means by which a society comes to terms with fund questions about human condition. “What gives value to life?” “What do we do in the face of death?” a social attempt to provide answers to basic questions. What is 'war culture'? 1. package of specific cultural practices and beliefs that emerge during war, intended to help participants in the war come to deal with basic questions posed by the war. “why?” “What's at stake in national defeat?” “Who are we as a national community?” “What justifies the sacrifices war demands from us?” Very precise circumstances that are responded to. Sacrifice mentality adopted during the war. Most people accept war culture. Minor dissent. How is 'war culture' developed? And by whom?
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course HIST 4020 taught by Professor Bruce during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.

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