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Week 10- "Paths of Glory"

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Week 10- "Paths of Glory" HIST 388

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This week's short notes take a look at Humphrey Cobb's "Paths of Glory" and the themes expressed in it, including the role of the European socioeconomic class system in the culture of the French Ar...
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Date Created: 11/04/15
HIST 388 Notes Week 10 Paths of Glory A Lessons From Cobb s Paths of Glory Implications of Socioeconomic Class the commanding officers in the French Army with the exception of Colonel Dax conform to the idea that the war must be won AT ALL COSTS This includes ensuring that all enlisted men know that they must follow their orders and refusing to do so risks being charged with cowardice in the face of the enemy and executed This was very much intertwined with the thriving class system in Europe at that time in which the aristocracy felt entitled to utter and unquestioned obedience from the peasantry even if their actions are themselves questionable In the case of the book this class system is certainly utilized to portray the fact that the lives of enlisted Frenchmen mean virtually nothing to the French generalship since their one and only goal was to win the war Disregard for Human Life the utter lack of care of General Assolant when ordering the assault of his army represents what in Cobb s opinion is a genuine lack of concern or even respectability of the lives of his own troops and this theme carries throughout the book from his orders for the French artillery to fire on his own troops to his utter disinterest in the trial The Psychological Impact of Total War although this is a lesser theme in Paths of Glory and much more the focus of All Quiet on the Western Front the ways in which total war impacted the soldiers psychologically particularly regarding posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD known at the time as shellshock Exemplified in a number of the French troops during the offensive


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