All Clear (Oxford Time Travel, Book 4) by Connie Willis

By Connie Willis

Winner of the Nebula Award

Traveling again in time, from Oxford circa 2060 into the thick of global conflict II, used to be a regimen expedition for 3 British historians wanting to examine firsthand the heroism and horrors of the Dunkirk evacuation and the London Blitz. yet getting marooned in war-torn 1940 England has became Michael Davies, Merope Ward, and Polly Churchill from temporal travelers into besieged electorate suffering to outlive Hitler’s devastating onslaught. And now there’s extra to fret approximately than simply getting again domestic: The impossibility of changing prior occasions has consistently been a center trust of time-travel theory—but it can be tragically fallacious. while discrepancies within the ancient checklist start cropping up, it means that one or the entire destiny viewers have by some means replaced the past—and, eventually, the end result of the warfare. in the meantime, in 2060 Oxford, the stranded historians’ manager, Mr. Dunworthy, frantically confronts the doubtless very unlikely job of rescuing his students—three lacking needles within the haystack of heritage. The exciting time-tripping experience that begun with Blackout now hurtles to its wonderful solution in All Clear.

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5pm dinner, after dinner I went to the canteen [shuho].  Though this was a “private” account (not subject to peer or superior review and not explicitly prepared for publication), it relies heavily on military precedents for minute management of daily activity through textual practice. In the back of one of his large, black, bound notebooks, Adachi even drew a bar graph recording the times he awoke and went to sleep. All evidence indicates that practices formerly restricted to the officer class, as a result of raised literacy levels and the diff usion of military education and training, were voluntarily taken up by the rank and file by the 1930s in Japan.

In both China and Japan, even high-ranking officers were delighted by the moving tales of heroism penned by embedded journalists during, for example, the Northern Expedition or the Russo-Japanese War. Although they recognized that they might be inferior writers, ser vicemen high and low came to realize that it was they, the experts, who monopolized both the facts, recorded faithfully in their field diaries, and the “truth,” because war was, in their eyes, first and foremost experienced by soldiers.

This suggests that Tamon’s diary, while in part composed during the conflict, was modified for a broader readership of recruits for future wars (to make it more readable and compelling) and would go on to become important later. Personal diaries from the Russo-Japanese War exhibit tendencies similar to Ijichi’s official account. Yanagawa Hachihei, an officer in the Konoe Infantry Reserves, recorded in the simplest possible terms his daily activities on the battlefield. Yanagawa wrote in pencil and brush into a small notebook that he kept on his person at all times.

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