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Memorials of the Great War in Britain: The Symbolism and Politics of Remembrance

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Taking as its focus memorials of the First World War in Britain, this book brings a fresh approach to the study of public symbols by exploring how different motives for commemorating the dead were reconciled through the processes of local politics to create a widely valued form of collective expression." "This book represents a significant contribution to the study of material culture and memory, as well as to the social and cultural history of modern warfare.0750619473The SAMPLING SOURCE BOOK is an invaluable ...
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Overview

Taking as its focus memorials of the First World War in Britain, this book brings a fresh approach to the study of public symbols by exploring how different motives for commemorating the dead were reconciled through the processes of local politics to create a widely valued form of collective expression." "This book represents a significant contribution to the study of material culture and memory, as well as to the social and cultural history of modern warfare.0750619473The SAMPLING SOURCE BOOK is an invaluable guide to the world's literature on sampling and provides a timely and much needed focus on what is a diverse and important subject. Based on an exhaustive search of the world's literature, this index contains bibliographic references to journal articles, patents, conference proceedings, books, technical reports and standards. Details of databases searched and outlines are provided as to how the searches were conducted to facilitate update of the data by users of the index. The material contained in this source book has been assessed by specialists in sampling operations, assuring relevance of the material included. Comprehensive lists of suppliers of sampling equipment, consultants and organisations with expertise and interests in sampling are also presented.
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King (Cambridge U.) brings a fresh approach to the study of public symbols by exploring how different motives for commemorating the dead of World War I were reconciled through the processes of local politics to create a widely valued form of collective expression. He argues that contested, multiple, and ambiguous meanings were forged into united public observance by the creative process of establishing new meanings for traditional forms of memorial. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Alex King . . .has written a book which transforms our understanding of the circumstances in which the memorials were erected during the war itself. . . He has also shrewdly detected in newspaper reports, and in the copious proceedings of numerous memorial committees, evidence of priorities and expectations, and, of course, the occasional significant quarrel. He is aware that there was a political dimension to this commemorative activity, and also an urgent need to mitigate, or at least to control, the grief of a community, but he justly concludes that something else was also involved." —Times Literary Supplement

"King has written the first thoroughly professional book on British war memorials, a work exemplary both as empirical history and for its reading of the literature on symbolism and ritual." —The Jourbanal of Modern History

"King is very good on the new, intense feeling of moral obligation which memorials of the Great War imposed. . .Here for the first time is an account which begins to encompass not only the myriad forms that they took but also the roles that they played in the life of particular communities. Clearly written and supported by a mass of wonderfully suggestive evidence, Alex King's book represents a significant contribution both to the study of material culture and to the social history of the inter-war period." —Jourbanal of Design History

"Through a close examination . . . King usefully extends knowledge of how different localities throughout Britain sought to give permanent expression to the nation's gratitude to those who had sacrificed their lives in its defense." —Choice

"A book that anyone interested in war memorials and the act of 'remembrance' should read." —The Western Front Association Bulletin

"There is a lot in this book for those interested in the social history of the 1914-18 War." —Church Times

"King's study makes a fine addition to the excellent series on "The Legacy of the Great War" published by Berg Press. Once again, the editors have produced a marvelously researched and carefully argued work that, like many of the other splendid contributions to that series, adds a wealth of detail to our knowledge of the cultural and social history of the Great War." —Albion

'The chapters on the aesthetics of war memorials and on the businesses that constructed them are valuable.' —Jourbanal of Strategic Studies

"Arefreshingly original and interesting inquiry into the making and meaning of British memorials of World War I." —Ethnic and Racial Studies

"Primaril an excellent empirical study of one, greatly under-researched area of local politics and the exercise of elite power, this book has a place on reading lists for courses on the impact of the Great War, the histories of architecture, design or planning and the emerging courses dealing with aspects of history and memory." —History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859739839
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Legacy of the Great War
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
1 The Composition of a National Cult 20
2 A Commemorative Tradition and its Application in War 40
3 Talking About War Memorials 65
4 The Choice of a Memorials 86
5 The War Memorial Business 106
6 War Memorial Imagery 128
7 The Canonisation of Common People 173
8 Moral Obligation and Politics in the Commemoration of the Dead 194
9 Sacred Union 216
Conclusion 246
Bibliography 252
Index 267
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