The Role of the Teacher
Our concluding chapter draws together the threads of the arguments spanning across the chapters to summarise how war is brought to book, both literally and figuratively. We then return to the ideas sketched out previously in this introductory chapter, about the specificities of time and place which result in the contemporary British military memoir being as it is. We discuss the relationships that exist between military memoirs as factual accounts and the fictional representations of war and military activities that sit alongside military memoirs but are distinct from that genre. We conclude with observations about how we can recognise contemporary military memoirs not as vectors of militarisation but rather as moral documents about armed conflict and military activities.
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