Depictions and Images of War in Edwardian Newspapers, by G. Wilkinson

By G. Wilkinson

Via a close exam of newspaper insurance from 1899-1914, this publication seeks to appreciate the vicarious event of conflict held by way of Edwardians on the outset of the 1st international conflict. The attitudes in the direction of and perceptions of conflict held through those that participated in it or inspired others to take action, are the most important to our realizing of the origins of the 1st global warfare. taking into consideration media background, cultural experiences and armed forces historical past, Wilkinson argues that the clicking depicted conflict as far-off and secure; worthwhile and fascinating or even as a few type of game or video game. we're counseled to prevent an analogous misconceptions of conflict in our personal modern discussions of armed clash.

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The verge of over-refinement': the display of martial virtues While those belligerents who displayed the ideals of British standards of civilization through their armed forces were admired, there was a perceived danger in being over-civilized. The Japanese were admired for not having yet reached the point where `the primitive virtues of man begin to decay', as they were still `climbing towards the high-water mark of modern civilization'. The British, however, were seen as having passed their peak, having reached their zenith as a `fighting race' during the struggle against Napoleon.

This photograph can be contrasted with an illustration which juxtaposed British officers, their Somali enemy, Sikh soldiers and the local levy. This drawing, entitled `The Defeat of the Mad Mullah in Somaliland: Interrogating Prisoners at the Base Camp at Burao', showed a British officer, a clear figure of authority and civilization who stood Uncouth, Unkempt Barbarians 25 smoking, with his weight on one foot, interrogating a Somali who cowered on his knees before the officer. The Somali, with wild eyes, wore the vestiges which corresponded to his level of civilization, such as animal skins and bangles, just as the uniformed British officer wore his.

17 The main justification for the British expeditions to Somaliland was to act as the protectors of the defenceless tribes in the interior. 18 In addition to armed force, the military also brought the physical trappings of justice. This point was highlighted in two drawings by Melton Prior in the Illustrated London News, subheaded `British Justice at Bohotle'. In the same issue that brought news of Plunkett's disastrous defeat, the way in which the British administered justice in the field ± `even in the minute particulars' ± was demonstrated.

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