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Landscapes of the First World War

  • Selena Daly
  • Martina Salvante
  • Vanda Wilcox

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Selena Daly, Martina Salvante, Vanda Wilcox
    Pages 1-14
  3. Environment, Climate and Weather at War

  4. Urban and Industrial Landscapes Transformed

  5. Cross-Cultural Encounters With Landscapes

  6. Legacies of the First World War in Landscapes

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 225-240

About this book


This comparative and transnational study of landscapes in the First World War offers new perspectives on the ways in which landscapes were idealised, mobilised, interpreted, exploited, transformed and destroyed by the conflict. The collection focuses on four themes: environment and climate, industrial and urban landscapes, cross-cultural encounters, and legacies of the war. The chapters cover Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa and the US, drawing on a range of approaches including battlefield archaeology, military history, medical humanities, architecture, literary analysis and environmental history.

This volume explores the environmental impact of the war on diverse landscapes and how landscapes shaped soldiers’ experiences at the front. It investigates how rural and urban locales were mobilised to cater to the demands of industry and agriculture. The enduring physical scars and the role of landscape as a crucial locus of memory and commemoration are also analysed. 

The chapter 'The Long Carry: Landscapes and the Shaping of British Medical Masculinities in the First World War' is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license via


WWI Battlefield archaeology Environmental history Medical humanities Western Front Industry Agriculture Cities, cityscape Memorials USA, Africa, Russia, Middle East, Europe

Editors and affiliations

  • Selena Daly
    • 1
  • Martina Salvante
    • 2
  • Vanda Wilcox
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Languages, Cultures and LinguisticsUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.Department of HistoryUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  3. 3.Department of History and HumanitiesJohn Cabot UniversityRomeItaly

About the editors

Selena Daly is a Lecturer in Italian Studies at University College Dublin, Ireland. She was previously a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. Her monograph, Italian Futurism and the First World War, (2016), was nominated for the Italian-American bilateral Bridge Book Prize.


Martina Salvante is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Warwick, UK, where she is working on a project on Italy’s disabled veterans of the First World War. She has published widely on Italian history with a focus on gender, masculinity, and war disability.


Vanda Wilcox is a Lecturer in Modern European History at John Cabot University, Italy, and Trinity College, Rome Campus, Italy. She is the author of Morale and the Italian Army during the First World War (2016), and is currently researching imperial and colonial dimensions of Italian participation in the Great War.

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