Military memoirs: A historical overview of the genre from the middle ages to the late modern era

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Abstract

The article surveys the history of military memoirs in the west from the Middle Ages to the late modern era. It examines the relation of military memoirs to other literary and historiographical genres, such as conversion narratives, service records, and oral life-stories. It focuses in particular on the rising visibility of memoirs composed by common soldiers and junior officers. The article then analyses the historiographical importance of this genre, and the unique contributions it can make to the study of military history. It emphasizes the genre's relevance to the study of military command, of military culture, and of the experience of war.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)289-309
Number of pages21
JournalWar in History
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

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