Gentlemen and Plebeians on the War Path
1914 The armies of all belligerent countries have a very pronounced “class character.”
The simple soldiers are almost exclusively plebeians, mostly peasants. The officers
belong to the “better” classes, and a disproportionately high number of generals
are aristocrats. The armies reflect not only the class structure but also the class
relations of Europe in the so-called Belle Époque . . .
Jacques R. Pauwels
JACQUES R. PAUWELS has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of several books on twentieth-century history, including The Myth of the Good War, in which he provides a revisionist look at the role of the United States and other Allied countries in the Second World War. An independent scholar, Pauwels holds PhDs in history and political science. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.