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Sites of memory, sites of mourning : the Great War in European cultural history

Author: J M Winter
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Series: Studies in the social and cultural history of modern warfare.
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Jay Winter's powerful new study of the collective remembrance of the Great War offers a major reassessment of one of the critical episodes in the cultural history of the twentieth century. Using a great variety of literary, artistic, and architectural evidence, Dr. Winter looks anew at the culture of commemoration, and the ways in which communities endeavoured to find collective solace after 1918. Taking issue with  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J M Winter
ISBN: 0521496829 9780521496827
OCLC Number: 31740306
Description: x, 310 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Catastrophe and consolation: Homecomings: the return of the dead --
Communities in mourning --
Spiritualism and the 'lost generation' --
War memorials and the mourning process --
pt. 2. Cultural codes and languages of mourning: Mythologies of war: films, popular religion, and the business of the sacred --
The apocalyptic imagination in art: from anticipation to allegory --
The apocalyptic imagination in war literature --
War poetry, romanticism, and the return of the sacred.
Series Title: Studies in the social and cultural history of modern warfare.
Responsibility: Jay Winter.
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Jay Winter's powerful new study of the collective remembrance of the Great War offers a major reassessment of one of the critical episodes in the cultural history of the twentieth century. Using a great variety of literary, artistic, and architectural evidence, Dr. Winter looks anew at the culture of commemoration, and the ways in which communities endeavoured to find collective solace after 1918. Taking issue with the prevailing 'Modernist' interpretation of the European reaction to the appalling events of 1914-1918, Dr. Winter instead argues that what characterized that reaction was, rather, the attempt to interpret the Great War within traditional frames of reference. Tensions arose, inevitably.

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