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

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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

John Horne
"In a characteristically vigorous and insightful manner, Jay Winter takes up one of the most influential issues of contemporary cultural comment and academic debate—memory and its relationship with history. The result is highly original and the fruit of thirty years' reflection on the subject. This book will stand alone as the contribution by a leading historian of the Great War to the field."—John Horne, Trinity College, Dublin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300110685
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/26/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author


Jay Winter is Charles J. Stille Professor of History, Yale University. He is author or coauthor of a dozen books, including Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : war, memory, remembrance 1
Ch. 1 The setting : the Great War in the memory boom of the twentieth century 17
Ch. 2 Shell shock, memory, and identity 52
Ch. 3 All quiet on the eastern front : photography and remembrance 79
Ch. 4 War letters : cultural memory and the "soldiers' tale" of the Great War 103
Ch. 5 Ironies of war : intellectual styles and responses to the Great War in Britain and France 118
Ch. 6 War memorials : a social agency interpretation 135
Ch. 7 War, migration, and remembrance : Britain and her dominions 154
Ch. 8 Grand illusions : war, film, and collective memory 183
Ch. 9 Between history and memory : television, public history, and historical scholarship 201
Ch. 10 War museums : the Historial and historical scholarship 222
Ch. 11 "Witness to a time" : authority, experience, and the two World Wars 238
Ch. 12 Controversies and conclusions 275
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