Journal article

Writing Veterans' History: A Conversation on the Twentieth Century

Grace Huxford, Angel Alcalde, Gary Baines, Olivier Burtin, Mark Edele

War & Society | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019


This article is a conversation between five specialists of veterans’ history on the current direction of the field and its importance to the study of war and society. The discussants offer an an overview of current methodologies, definitions and historiographical approaches. Concentrating on the experiences of twentieth-century veterans (particularly after 1945) and using a diverse range of case studies from across the world, this article also asks what connections bound veteran communities together, and how we as historians might conceptualise veterans: as a class, as a collective, or as a far looser grouping of individuals? Finally, this article explores what distinguishes veteranhood afte..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This article was possible thanks to the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to hold a conference at the Ludwig-Maximilians University at (LMU), Munich. In addition, the authors would like to acknowledge Princeton University and the Center for the History of Global Development, Shanghai University, China, where Olivier Burtin and Angel Alcalde's research and writing for this article were partially conducted.