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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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Afterword

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Sacrifice and Modern War Literature
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Alex Houen

Jan-Melissa Schramm

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198806516.003.0017

In trying to understand why ‘nation-ness is the most universally legitimate value in the political life of our time’, Benedict Anderson stresses the importance of the role played by the human imagination—both individual and collective.1 As literacy rose across the course of the long nineteenth century, acts of reading—of newspapers, novels, and poetry—took place contemporaneously within its borders, creating among citizens a shared idea of a political community understood as both ‘inherently limited and sovereign’. Anderson observes:...

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