The Stigma of Surrender: German Prisoners, British Captors, and Manhood in the Great War and Beyond Brian K. Feltman

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Published: March 1st 2015

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331 pages


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The Stigma of Surrender: German Prisoners, British Captors, and Manhood in the Great War and Beyond  by  Brian K. Feltman

The Stigma of Surrender: German Prisoners, British Captors, and Manhood in the Great War and Beyond by Brian K. Feltman
March 1st 2015 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 331 pages | ISBN: | 5.63 Mb

Approximately 9 million soldiers fell into enemy hands from 1914 to 1918, but historians have only recently begun to recognize the prisoner of wars significance to the history of the Great War. Examining the experiences of the approximately 130,000MoreApproximately 9 million soldiers fell into enemy hands from 1914 to 1918, but historians have only recently begun to recognize the prisoner of wars significance to the history of the Great War. Examining the experiences of the approximately 130,000 German prisoners held in the United Kingdom during World War I, historian Brian K. Feltman brings wartime captivity back into focus.Many German men of the Great War defined themselves and their manhood through their defense of the homeland.

They often looked down on captured soldiers as potential deserters or cowards--and when they themselves fell into enemy hands, they were forced to cope with the stigma of surrender. This book examines the legacies of surrender and shows that the desire to repair their image as honorable men led many former prisoners toward an alliance with Hitler and Nazism after 1933. By drawing attention to the shame of captivity, this book does more than merely deepen our understanding of German soldiers time in British hands.

It illustrates the ways that popular notions of manhood affected soldiers experience of captivity, and it sheds new light on perceptions of what it means to be a man at war.



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