War Experience
(654 words)

War Experience

Experience as such had been discovered around the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. Authors such as Wilhelm Dilthey and Georg Simmel popularized the concept, which expressed a longing for wholeness and a need for totality. Within the process of experiencing, distinctions such as those between reflection and sensory perception or thought and action were believed to disappear. Simmel gave this notion a more emphatic note by comparing experience with adventure. Experience thus stoo…

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Hettling, Manfred, “War Experience”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 22 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0628>
First published online: 2015



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