National Identity and Veteran Culture in a Border Region: The Danish Minority in the German Army during the First World War

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Abstract

This article examines whether a distinctive type of war experience developed among the 26,000 soldiers from the Danish minority in Schleswig south of the Dano–German border who were conscripted into the German Army during the First World War. The analysis is focused on how the soldiers voiced their national identity during their encounters with the German Army and the civilian populations in Eastern and Western Europe. Subsequently, it is investigated whether the veteran culture, which developed among the troops from the Danish minority, was marked by a distinct war experience.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWar in History
Volume27
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages23
ISSN0968-3445
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • First World War
  • German Army
  • Danish minority
  • Denmark
  • war experience
  • national identity
  • veteran culture

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