Narratives of wars often focus on the veterans and numerous local history projects have concentrated on collecting the accounts of veterans’ experiences.

Carol Kammen calls for a more multidimensional documentation of wars and conflicts on the local level.

She suggests focusing on the home front and how different segments of the community responded and coped with the change war inevitably brought.

Particular emphasis is placed on different ethnic communities that have national and racial ties to places where wars were fought but are often overlooked in more sweeping narratives.