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The Generation of 1914

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The generation of 1914 holds a special place in memory, affection, and myth. In this irresistible and moving book, Robert Wohl rescues it from the shadows of legend and brings it fully into the realm of understanding. He tells the story of the young men--the middle class elite of five European countries, France, Germany, England, Spain, and Italy, to recreate the generational consciousness that united them as well as the unique national experience that made them different.

These were men born at the end of the nineteenth century when the world of reason was disintegrating into a world of irrationality. They were destined to rule but their lives were interrupted by the greatest of wars, leaving them searching for identity and historical continuity. Wohl recaptures this search through novels, poems, autobiographies, memoirs, sociological treatises, philosophical essays, university lectures, political speeches, conversations when recorded, letters, personal notebooks, and newspaper articles. His book is a brilliant study of European mentalities, both collective and individual.

Probing behind ideas to find the experience that inspired them, Wohl illuminates in unexpected ways the origins of World War I and its impact on its participants. His exploration of the consciousness of generational unity and the power of the generational bond enables him to place in a novel context the spread of pessimism and despair, the waning of liberal and humanitarian values, the rise of Communist and Fascist movements, and the sudden eruption of violence in Europe's progressive countries between the two world wars.

About the Author

Robert Wohl is Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles.


Table of Contents

Introduction: In Search of the Lost Generation

1. France: The Young Men of Today

2. Germany: The Mission of the Young Generation

3. England: Lost Legions of Youth

4. Spain: The Theme of Our Time

5. Italy: Giovinezza! Giovinezza!

6. Wanderers between Two Worlds

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674045309
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Subject:
Europe - General
Creator:
Robert Wohl
Author:
Wohl, Robert
Author:
Robert Wohl
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Communism
Subject:
Communism & Socialism
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Copyright:
Publication Date:
1979
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
46 halftones
Pages:
324
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.38 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » World War I
History and Social Science » Politics » Leftist Studies
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » European History General

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