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Temporality and contextualisation in Peace and Conflict Studies: The forgotten value of war memoirs and personal diaries

Mac Ginty, Roger (2021) 'Temporality and contextualisation in Peace and Conflict Studies: The forgotten value of war memoirs and personal diaries.', Cooperation and Conflict .

Abstract

This article contributes to debates on appropriate levels of analysis, temporality, and the utility of fieldwork in relation to Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS), and International Relations more generally. It observes a recentism or privileging of the recent past in our studies and a consequent overlooking of the longer term. As a corrective, the article investigates the extent to which wartime memoirs and personal diaries (specifically from World War I and World War II) can help inform the study of contemporary peace and conflict. In essence, the article is a reflection on the epistemologies and methodologies employed by PCS and an investigation of the need for greater contextualisation.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1177/00108367211027605
Publisher statement:This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Date accepted:08 April 2021
Date deposited:10 June 2021
Date of first online publication:21 October 2021
Date first made open access:10 June 2021

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