The Cross and the Trenches: Religious Faith and Doubt Among British and American Great War Soldiers
Praeger Publishers, 2003 - 311 páginas
The modernist historiographical model of the Great War neglects such traditional modes of thought as religious response to battle. Drawing on the testimony of over 500 British and American soldiers, Schweitzer provides an in-depth account of topics such as soldiers' prayers and biblical readings, as well as religious doubts. As a detailed snapshot of religion during the war, this study provides a crucial preamble to studies of the legacy of the Great War.
The lack of a satisfactory scholarly study has left interpretation of the role that religion played in soldiers' lives to the pronouncements of their contemporaries who often either viewed World War I as an opportunity to spark a religious revival or as an event that crushed religious faith. Schweitzer argues that neither of these interpretations is accurate, and he hopes to replace them with a model that arranges responses on a spectrum ranging from absolute faith in God to atheism. Based on extensive archival research, this study establishes a detailed model of the spiritual lives of British and American soldiers during the war. After sketching this spiritual history, he concludes that both British and American soldiers were more religious than previous writings have indicated.
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106 Sassoon , of course , eventually did become disillusioned with religion , but
that came later in the war . What seems to have happened in Memoirs of a Fox -
Hunting Man is that in the interest of ordering his understanding through ...
bon of his Military Cross into the River Mersey and shook his clenched fists at the
sky . 111 Engaged in an exchange with his Colonel , whom he liked and wished
not to hurt , Sassoon yearned to be passed along the military chain of command ...
For the authoritative biography of Sassoon ' s early years , see Wilson , Siegfried
Sassoon — The Making of a War Poet : A Biography 1886 – 1918 . See also
Roberts , Siegfried . Wilson cautions us that Sassoon ' s autobiographical writings
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