Remembering War: The Great War between Memory and History in the 20th Century / Edition 1

Remembering War: The Great War between Memory and History in the 20th Century / Edition 1

by Jay Winter
     
 


This is a masterful volume on remembrance and war in the twentieth century. Jay Winter locates the fascination with the subject of memory within a long-term trajectory that focuses on the Great War. Images, languages, and practices that appeared during and after the two world wars focused on the need to acknowledge the victims of war and shaped the ways in which… See more details below

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This is a masterful volume on remembrance and war in the twentieth century. Jay Winter locates the fascination with the subject of memory within a long-term trajectory that focuses on the Great War. Images, languages, and practices that appeared during and after the two world wars focused on the need to acknowledge the victims of war and shaped the ways in which future conflicts were imagined and remembered. At the core of the “memory boom” is an array of collective meditations on war and the victims of war, Winter says.

The book begins by tracing the origins of contemporary interest in memory, then describes practices of remembrance that have linked history and memory, particularly in the first half of the twentieth century. The author also considers “theaters of memory”—film, television, museums, and war crimes trials in which the past is seen through public representations of memories. The book concludes with reflections on the significance of these practices for the cultural history of the twentieth century as a whole.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300110685
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/26/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : war, memory, remembrance1
Ch. 1The setting : the Great War in the memory boom of the twentieth century17
Ch. 2Shell shock, memory, and identity52
Ch. 3All quiet on the eastern front : photography and remembrance79
Ch. 4War letters : cultural memory and the "soldiers' tale" of the Great War103
Ch. 5Ironies of war : intellectual styles and responses to the Great War in Britain and France118
Ch. 6War memorials : a social agency interpretation135
Ch. 7War, migration, and remembrance : Britain and her dominions154
Ch. 8Grand illusions : war, film, and collective memory183
Ch. 9Between history and memory : television, public history, and historical scholarship201
Ch. 10War museums : the Historial and historical scholarship222
Ch. 11"Witness to a time" : authority, experience, and the two World Wars238
Ch. 12Controversies and conclusions275

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