War Dead: Western Societies and the Casualties of War by Luc CapdevilaWar Dead: Western Societies and the Casualties of War by Luc Capdevila

War Dead: Western Societies and the Casualties of War

byLuc Capdevila, Daniele Voldman

Paperback | July 24, 2006

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Wars in the industrial age kill large numbers of people. What do societies involved in these conflicts do with all the corpses? How do they show them respect? How do they dispose of them? What is their attitude to the bodies of the enemies? In the 19th century, those who died on thebattlefield were pushed into mass graves, their identities unknown. Today, their remains are held in such high esteem that they are tracked down in order that last respects might be paid. As a historical account of the way in which war and death intersect, this book describes the complex attitude societies have towards death. Lured by the concept of eternal youth, tempted to deny death as well as physical decay, faced with longer life expectancy, we retain the hope of going off towar without loss of life. But does not our own expectation of zero death" imply "more deaths" for the other side?"
Luc Capdevila is at the Lecturer in Contemporary History. Daniele Voldman is Director of Research at the Institut d'histoire du temps present. She has written on oral history, societies at war and French post-war reconstruction.
Title:War Dead: Western Societies and the Casualties of WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 5.39 × 8.39 × 0.71 inPublished:July 24, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748622985

ISBN - 13:9780748622986