Meeting the Enemy: The Human Face of the Great War by Richard Van Emden

By Richard Van Emden

A British soldier walked over to the German entrance line to bring newspapers; British girls married to Germans turned 'enemy aliens' of their personal kingdom; a high-ranking British POW mentioned his personal troops' heroism with the Kaiser at the battlefield. simply 3 striking tales of touch among the opposing facets within the nice conflict that eminent historian Richard van Emden has unearthed – incidents that convey brutality, nice humanity, and in particular the weird nature of a clash among countries with long-standing ties of kinship and friendship. assembly the Enemy finds for the 1st time how touch was once maintained on many degrees through the warfare, and its tales, occasionally humorous, frequently relocating, supply us a brand new viewpoint at the lives of normal women and men stuck up in awesome occasions.

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His brother Matija visited the Balkans in 1839–1840 and 1843–1844. e. , Made in the Year 1843–1844 ªPut jednoga inostranca po turskoj carevini, tj. Tesalii, Mac;edonii, Bugarskoj, Albanii, Bosni i Hercegovini etc. ljeta 43–44 uc=injenº62 made a formidable impression on Ivan Maz=uranic;. e. e. a flockº ^^otherwise known as Vlachs ªVlasiº< the Bosniaks and the Osmanli, though both are Muslims, hate each other terribly like no brethren. The Bosniak hates the Osmanli, and says that there is no man worse under the sky than an Osmanli< while the Osmanli says that the Bosniaks are converts to Islam ªpoturiceº and worse than the Infidels ªgiaourº< and that therefore they have to be strangled and trod upon so that the converts fear them, and know who is in charge.

20 The theme of the Wheel of Fortune is thus repeated before Osman&s final reflections on his ancestors. This brief review of Ottoman history is placed in Osman&s final speech before his execution. At the beginning of this long reflection on Ottoman history Gundulic; stresses that the empire was won by force symbolized by the sultan&s sabre ªsabljaº. The sword thus symbolizes the Ottoman Empire, and is Gundulic;&s symbol of that Force on which the Empire has been based. It is at the very end of Canto XX that Gundulic; condemns not just the Ottoman Empire, but Islam in general and its founder, Muhammed, in particular.

E. g. , Slovenes, Croats, Serbs, Bulgarians, Macedonians, Bosnians, and Montenegrins). Such a chronicler could only Introduction 5 come from the periphery of the Peninsula, above all, the western coastline, which had excellent cultural relations with Renaissance Italy< and he had to have a grasp both of new Renaissance historiography and a conception of Slavdom which would make it possible to make sense, literally, of the disparate histories of the various Slavic states in the medieval Balkans.

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