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Death or Deliverance: Canadian Courts Martial in the Great War Teresa Iacobelli

Death or Deliverance: Canadian Courts Martial in the Great War

Teresa Iacobelli

Published to coincide with the centennial anniversary of the
outbreak of the First World War, this book reconsiders an important and
unexamined chapter in the history of both a war and a nation.

Teresa Iacobelli received a doctorate in
2010 from the University of Western Ontario and is a SSHRC
postdoctoral fellow. Her current research examines how the two world
wars have been portrayed in popular media and how these depictions have
shaped Canadian identity and social memories of war. Less

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Paperback, 175 pages
Published March 6th 2014
ISBN : 9780774825689
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 About the Book 

Soldiers found guilty of desertion or cowardice during the Great Warfaced death by firing squad. In this revealing look at military law inthe Canadian Expeditionary Force, historian Teresa Iacobelli examinesthe cases of 25 Canadian soldiers who wereMoreSoldiers found guilty of desertion or cowardice during the Great Warfaced death by firing squad. In this revealing look at military law inthe Canadian Expeditionary Force, historian Teresa Iacobelli examinesthe cases of 25 Canadian soldiers who were executed by their ownmilitary as well as the untold stories of the 197 men who weresentenced to death but spared.Death or Deliverance - the first book toconsider commuted sentences alongside cases that ended in tragicexecutions - offers a nuanced account of military law in theGreat War. Novels, histories, movies, and television series oftendepict courts martial as brutal and inflexible, and social memories ofthis system of frontline justice have inspired modern movements to seekpardons for soldiers executed on the battlefield. Beyond well-knownstories of unyielding and callous generals, however, lies anotherstory, one of a disciplinary system capable of thoughtful review andcompassion for the individual soldier.Published to coincide with the centennial anniversary of theoutbreak of the First World War, this book reconsiders an important andunexamined chapter in the history of both a war and a nation.Teresa Iacobelli received a doctorate in2010 from the University of Western Ontario and is a SSHRCpostdoctoral fellow. Her current research examines how the two worldwars have been portrayed in popular media and how these depictions haveshaped Canadian identity and social memories of war.