What is it about?
Many soldiers publish books about their experiences in Afghanistan. Who are these soldiers? Why do they write? And what do they write about? These questions will be answered in this study for every military Afghanistan memoir published up to 2010 in the UK, the US, Germany, Canada, and the Netherlands.
Why is it important?
With hunderds of thousands of soldiers who have been deployed to Afghanistan, it is important to know how they experienced their deployment. Furthermore, the study provides defence public relations departments with a model to predict when and why soldiers will write positive and negative stories. And it provides publishers insight into the differences between self-published and regularly published books.
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This page is a summary of: On Military Memoirs, January 2017, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/9789004330245.
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Interview Studio Erasmus
Dutch language interview about the study underlying 'On Military Memoirs'. [16 minutes]
The PhD study the book 'On Military Memoirs' is based on. [Free download]
Laymen's talk PhD ceremony
Dutch language laymen's talk summerizing the entire study during the PhD ceremony. Check out the old-fashioned uniform (including sabre). [15 minutes]
War Changes Soldiers (TEDx talk)
TEDx talk on the theme of 'transformation' combining some of the results from the 'On Military Memoirs' study with my personal experiences. [13,5 minutes]
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