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The Politics of Veteran Benefits in the Twentieth CenturyA Comparative History$
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Martin Crotty, Neil J. Diamant, and Mark Edele

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501751639

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501751639.001.0001

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Victors Defeated

Victors Defeated

(p.32) Chapter 2 Victors Defeated
The Politics of Veteran Benefits in the Twentieth Century

Martin Crotty

Neil J. Diamant

Mark Edele

Cornell University Press

This chapter look at cases that complicate any simple correlation between victorious wars and veterans' high postwar status. It examines the United States and the United Kingdom after World War I, the United Kingdom after World War II, Soviet veterans after both world wars, and China. It also elaborates how victory did not prevent many former soldiers from feeling betrayed by their governments, and often by society as well. The chapter discusses American World War I veterans that point to some gains after a limited contribution to the war effort and after many years of agitation. It describes the United Kingdom, long-suffering frontoviki in the USSR, and China's veterans that languished in obscurity for decades despite having paid a far higher price for their victory.

Keywords:   victorious wars, postwar status, world wars, frontoviki, war effort, war veterans, Soviet veterans, British veterans, American veterans, Chinese veterans

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