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Sacrifice and Modern War LiteratureThe Battle of Waterloo to the War on Terror$
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Alex Houen and Jan-Melissa Schramm

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806516

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806516.001.0001

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Sacrifice and Modern War Literature

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Sacrifice and Modern War Literature

Alex Houen

Jan-Melissa Schramm

Oxford University Press

Writing in 1857, after the Crimean War had finally ended forty years of peace in England, the novelist and clergyman Charles Kingsley meditated on ‘the necessary human art of war’ and the extent to which ‘the history of the world has been as yet written in blood’: ‘This … is the normal type of human life … as long as cruelty and wrong exist on earth, man’s destiny is to dare and suffer, and, if it must be so, to die.’...

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