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Incorporating languages into histories of war: a research journey

Footitt, H. (2012) Incorporating languages into histories of war: a research journey. Translation Studies, 5 (2). pp. 217-231. ISSN 1751-2921

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/14781700.2012.663606


This article discusses the ways in which languages can be integrated into histories of war and conflict, by exploring ongoing research in two case studies: the liberation and occupation of Western Europe (1944–47), and peacekeeping/peace building in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1995–2000). The article suggests that three methodological approaches have been of particular value in this research: adopting an historical framework; following the “translation” of languages into war situations; and contextualizing the figure of the interpreter/translator. The process of incorporating languages into histories of conflict, the article argues, has helped to uncover a broader languages landscape within the theatres of war.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Modern European Histories and Cultures
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Modern Languages and European Studies > French
ID Code:25315
Uncontrolled Keywords:languages at war, translation history, translators and interpreters, Second World War, Bosnia-Herzegovina, peacekeeping
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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