G.I. Messiahs Hardback

Soldiering, War, and American Civil Religion

by Jonathan H. Ebel;

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G.I. Messiahs

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Jonathan Ebel has long been interested in how religion helps individuals and communities render meaningful the traumatic experiences of violence and war. In this new work, he examines cases from the Great War to the present day and argues that our notions of what it means to be an American soldier are not just strongly religious, but strongly Christian. Drawing on a vast array of sources, he further reveals the effects of soldier veneration on the men and women so often cast as heroes. Imagined as the embodiments of American ideals, described as redeemers of the nation, adored as the ones willing to suffer and die that we, the nation, may live-soldiers have often lived in subtle but significant tension with civil religious expectations of them. With chapters on prominent soldiers past and present, Ebel recovers and re-narrates the stories of the common American men and women that live and die at both the center and edges of public consciousness.

G.I. Messiahs by Jonathan H. Ebel was published by Yale University Press in January 2016. The ISBN for G.I. Messiahs is 9780300176704.

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Details for G.I. Messiahs

Page last updated 11th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherYale University Press (January 2016)
Number of Pages264
Thickness23 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4331762
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