The Great War and Medieval Memory: War, Remembrance and Medievalism in Britain and Germany, 1914-1940

The Great War and Medieval Memory: War, Remembrance and Medievalism in Britain and Germany, 1914-1940

by Stefan Goebel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521854156

ISBN-13: 9780521854153

Pub. Date: 09/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A genuinely comparative study of the cultural impact of the Great War on British and German societies in the first half of the twentieth century. Taking public commemorations as its focus, this book unravels the search of Britons and Germans for historical continuity and meaning in the shadow of an unprecedented human catastrophe. In both countries, the survivors

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A genuinely comparative study of the cultural impact of the Great War on British and German societies in the first half of the twentieth century. Taking public commemorations as its focus, this book unravels the search of Britons and Germans for historical continuity and meaning in the shadow of an unprecedented human catastrophe. In both countries, the survivors of the Great War pictured the conflict as the 'Last Crusade' and sought consolation in imagery that connected the soldiers of the age of total war with the knights of the Middle Ages. Stefan Goebel shows that medievalism as a mode of war commemoration transcended national and cultural boundaries. This is an invaluable contribution to the burgeoning study of cultural memory and collective remembrance which will appeal to researchers and students in the history of the First World War, social and cultural history of warfare, and medieval studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521854153
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2006
Series:
Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare Series, #23
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
378
Sales rank:
1,306,249
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.89(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations x

Acknowledgments xiv

List of abbreviations xvii

Introduction 1

1 Catastrophe and continuity: the place of the war dead in history 28

2 Mission and defence: the nature of the conflict 81

3 Destruction and endurance: the war experience 156

4 Chivalry and cruelty: the soldiers' character and conduct 187

5 Regeneration and salvation: the prospects for the living and the dead 231

Conclusion 286

Bibliography 302

Index 346

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