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Modern Witnesses: Foreign Correspondents, Geopolitical Vision, and the First World War

Matthew Farish
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Vol. 26, No. 3 (2001), pp. 273-287
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3650646
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

The First World War was the first modern, mediated conflict. In this paper I argue that British correspondents on the Western front attempting to accurately witness the war encountered a crisis of representation and visuality. They occupied a particularly unstable position between the many sites and points of view within a cubist landscape of shattered geographies and unstable boundaries. Their writings, though rich in masculinist and nationalistic accounts of heroism, also contain a newer perspective characterized by the failure to fit these older narratives into the inhuman, incomprehensible spaces of modern war.

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