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Your Death Would Be Mine: Paul and Marie Pireaud in the Great War

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ISBN13: 9780674023185
ISBN10: 0674023188
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Paul and Marie Pireaud, a young peasant couple from southwest France, were newlyweds when World War I erupted. With Paul in the army from 1914 through 1919, they were forced to conduct their marriage mostly by correspondence. Drawing upon the hundreds of letters they wrote, Martha Hanna tells their moving story and reveals a powerful and personal perspective on war.

Civilians and combatants alike maintained bonds of emotional commitment and suffered the inevitable miseries of extended absence. While under direct fire at Verdun, Paul wrote with equal intensity and poetic clarity of the brutality of battle and the dietary needs (as he understood them) of his pregnant wife. Marie, in turn, described the difficulties of working the family farm and caring for a sick infant, lamented the deaths of local men, and longed for the safe return of her husband. Through intimate avowals and careful observations, their letters reveal how war transformed their lives, reinforced their love, and permanently altered the character of rural France.

Overwhelmed by one of the most tumultuous upheavals of the modern age, Paul and Marie found solace in family and strength in passion. Theirs is a human story of loneliness and longing, fear in the face of death, and the consolations of love. Your Death Would Be Mine is a poignant tale of ordinary people coping with the trauma of war.

About the Author

Martha Hanna is Associate Professor of History, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. How Sad the Countryside Is

2. Here It Is Extermination on the Ground

3. Oh, How I Suffered, My Poor Paul

4. No One Is Happy in War

5. We Are Martyrs of the Century

Conclusion

Notes

Index

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lovingreader, December 13, 2006 (view all comments by lovingreader)
This is a collection of WWI letters between a French soldier, Paul Pireaud, and his wife Marie, back home on the farm with his parents. The jewel of this book is the background information and analysis provided by Martha Hanna. She explains the dichotomy between urban and rural France at this time, using propaganda, newspaper articles, and reports from town mayors and schoolteachers as well as the letters between the Pireauds. The Pireauds' correspondence was far more about their feelings for each other than about what they saw around them or did in their daily lives. Martha Hanna's careful contextualization is what made this book rewarding reading.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674023185
Subtitle:
Paul and Marie Pireaud in the Great War
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Hanna, Martha
Subject:
General
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
France
Subject:
Military - World War I
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Military - Veterans
Subject:
Biography-Military
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 halftones, 3 maps
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » France » Third Republic
History and Social Science » World History » France » General

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