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The construction of memory in interwar France

Author: Daniel J Sherman
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One of the bloodiest conflicts in human history, World War I devastated France, leaving behind battlefields littered with the remains of the dead. Daniel Sherman takes a close look at the human impact of this Great War by examining the ways in which the French remembered their veterans and war dead after the armistice. Arguing that memory is more than just a record of experience, Sherman's cultural history offers a
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel J Sherman
ISBN: 0226752852 9780226752853 0226752860 9780226752860
OCLC Number: 40683582
Description: 414 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: The emergence of commemoration --
Experience and memory. Narrating war ; Seeing memory ; Lasting impressions --
Bodies and names. An immense Necropolis ; Inscribing absence ; "This precious patrimony" --
Making a sacrifice. Structures ; Resources ; The broken plaque --
Seeing the signified. "A kind of anguished terror" : Salons, critics, and artists ; "An artistic character" : Prefectoral review boards and provincial standards ' "All my designs are approved" : The business of commemoration ; "So superior to Panegyrics" : Monuments and meanings --
Contested spaces. Sites of commemoration ; For God and country? ; Making it local ; Requiem for an elm tree --
Dedication. Patterns of ceremony ; The dead and the living ; The power of memory --
Epilogue. The thirties : Dying of the light ; The sixties : Memory into history? ; The nineties : Return of the repressed.
Responsibility: Daniel J. Sherman.
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