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    Pugnacity, pain, and professionalism: British combat memoirs from Afghanistan, 2006-14

    Bourke, Joanna (2016) Pugnacity, pain, and professionalism: British combat memoirs from Afghanistan, 2006-14. In: Dwyer, P.G. (ed.) War Stories: The War Memoir in History and Literature. New York, U.S.: Berghahn. ISBN 9781785333071.

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    Abstract

    Although war memoirs constitute a rich, varied literary form, they are often dismissed by historians as unreliable. This collection of essays is the first to explore the modern war memoir, revealing the genre’s surprising capacity for breadth and sophistication while remaining sensitive to the challenges it poses for scholars. Covering conflicts from the Napoleonic era to today, the studies gathered here consider how memoirs have been used to transmit particular views of war even as they have emerged within specific social and political contexts.

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