Landscapes of the First World War

  • Selena Daly
  • Martina Salvante
  • Vanda Wilcox

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Selena Daly, Martina Salvante, Vanda Wilcox
    Pages 1-14
  3. Environment, Climate and Weather at War

  4. Urban and Industrial Landscapes Transformed

  5. Cross-Cultural Encounters With Landscapes

  6. Legacies of the First World War in Landscapes

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 225-240

About this book


This comparative and transnational study of landscapes in the First World War offers new perspectives on the ways in which landscapes were idealised, mobilised, interpreted, exploited, transformed and destroyed by the conflict. The collection focuses on four themes: environment and climate, industrial and urban landscapes, cross-cultural encounters, and legacies of the war. The chapters cover Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa and the US, drawing on a range of approaches including battlefield archaeology, military history, medical humanities, architecture, literary analysis and environmental history.

This volume explores the environmental impact of the war on diverse landscapes and how landscapes shaped soldiers’ experiences at the front. It investigates how rural and urban locales were mobilised to cater to the demands of industry and agriculture. The enduring physical scars and the role of landscape as a crucial locus of memory and commemoration are also analysed. 

The chapter 'The Long Carry: Landscapes and the Shaping of British Medical Masculinities in the First World War' is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license via


WWI Battlefield archaeology Environmental history Medical humanities Western Front Industry Agriculture Cities, cityscape Memorials USA, Africa, Russia, Middle East, Europe

Editors and affiliations

  • Selena Daly
    • 1
  • Martina Salvante
    • 2
  • Vanda Wilcox
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Languages, Cultures and LinguisticsUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.Department of HistoryUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  3. 3.Department of History and HumanitiesJohn Cabot UniversityRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-89410-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-89411-9
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