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This work explores the affect of combat trauma on the military-civilian divide through the lens of predominantly British and American, English language texts from the 1840s through the early 2000s. The focus is on the effects of trauma on narratives with the combat trauma and war memoirs of various works utilized to analyze the catharsis of contact with these works by a civilian population in an attempt to understand the nature of warfare given the use of armed forces while at the same point in time absolving any nervousness around the costs by engaging texts with nominally conclusive, cathartic or positive endings.

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