Wars have characterized and deeply influenced contemporary history, from the colonial wars of the Nineteenth Century, through the two world wars, the "cold-war" with its many "hot" crises, the conflicts in South-East Asia, the Arab-Israeli wars, to the ethnic conflicts in the Balkans and in Africa and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Conflicts have not only modified the geo-political order of local areas, continents and of the entire world; they have also caused deep and long-lasting social and economic transformations and influenced the mental and cultural dimension of those States that were directly involved in the wars as well of those that were mere spectators of the conflict.
On the occasion of the centennial of the outbreak of WWI, the second issue of the online review of contemporary history «Percorsi storici» will focus on the issue of "war". Articles can focus on different topics, which will include - but are not limited to - war propaganda, social and political transformations in a specific area or in a specific country, political parties and movements, peace movements and organizations, violence on civilians, international laws, different kinds of war narratives, from journalism, to arts, to photography and new media and technologies.
Proposals which will analyse the relations between the front and the home front, the management of war regarding armies on the front line and civilians at home, the experiences of soldiers and "non-belligerents" both near the front and away from it are particularly welcome. The aim is to stress on life experiences of individuals and groups in wartime, looking both at material, psychological and emotional levels and focusing on connections, distances, similarities and differences between life at the front and at home during the war. Using different historical sources (images, official documents, diaries, letters, propaganda posters, oral history, etc.), proposals and articles can deal with various moments in contemporary history and with different conflicts, including civil wars, not necessarily focusing on the two world wars and on the European scenery.
We invite contributions from historians and we also welcome essays from scholars of other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, as long as they use a diachronic perspective, in order to encourage an inter-disciplinary dialogue.
Articles can be written in Italian and English. Please send a 250-350-word abstract to Percorsi Storici editorial board (firstname.lastname@example.org) with some information on the author and her/his research fields. The deadline is: November 15th, 2013.
The editorial and the scientific board will evaluate the received proposals. Authors whose proposal will be accepted shall then send their full-length article (not over 50.000 characters) to Percorsi Storici for the anonymous peer review.
Please use the following format to send a proposal.
Front and Home Front. War in Contemporary History, «Percorsi Storici», 2
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