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1. Lethal Journey between Four Fronts: First World War Experiences of the Reichstag’s Deputies

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This chapter enlightens analysis of the First World War experience of the Reichtag's deputies in the Weimar Republic, as half of the 1,674 deputies who held seats at the Assembly between 1919 and 1932 were war veterans. Taking a prosopographical approach, it is possible to reconstitute the journeys of these men, from soldiers to politicians. These soldiers were virtually shunted from one front to the other, vagabonds between worlds. Their paths provide excellent material for the analysis of the influence of the different war spaces on fighting practices and representations, through quantitative studies such as the reading of numerous memoirs and autobiographies. The Western Front remains the most important theatre of battles, but the Eastern Front was far from being a marginal experience. Finally, in Serbia, the "South-Eastern Front" rallied 21 percent of the soldiers.

Keywords: Eastern Front; First World War; Reichtag's deputies; Serbia; Weimar Republic; Western Front



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