Brothers in the Great War

Siblings, masculinity and emotions

By Linda Maynard

Brothers in the Great War

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4614-4
  • Pages: 312
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: December 2020
  • BIC Category: History, Modern History, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies, HISTORY / Social History, HISTORY / Military / World War I, Society & social sciences / Gender studies: men, Humanities / First World War, Humanities / Social & cultural history
  • Series: Cultural History of Modern War


Siblings are our longest lasting relationships. Narratives of the Great War abound with the war stories of brothers and sisters. Their emotional experiences span the novelty of departing for war or taking up war work, the turmoil of facing combat, the effort to provide ongoing support for family members, the ever-present anxiety for soldier-brothers, the depth of sibling grief and the multifarious ways surviving siblings sought to preserve the memory of their fallen brothers. This social and cultural history places siblinghood at the heart of our understanding of the war generation and how they balanced conflicting obligations to the nation, the military and their families. Drawing on a range of material, Brothers in the Great War, reveals how sibling bonds sustained fighting men and presents a novel insight into twentieth-century familial life.


'Maynard's Brothers in the Great War: Siblings, masculinity and emotions is a comprehensive study of emotions, masculinity, and war which follows the serviceman from enlistment to memorialization through the unique lens of brotherhood. The structure, top-down approach, and wealth of sources from first-hand accounts make this book a refreshing and person-centred contribution to emotion, sibling, and First World War studies.'
Twentieth Century British History, Jasmine Wood


1 Brothering
2 Emotional partings
3 Domestic heroes
4 Brothers in arms
5 Brotherly loss
6 Memory keeping

Selected bibliography


Linda Maynard is an independent researcher focusing on family relationships in wartime

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