The Silence of Memory: Armistice Day 1919-1946 (The Legacy of the Great War Series) / Edition 1

The Silence of Memory: Armistice Day 1919-1946 (The Legacy of the Great War Series) / Edition 1

by Adrian Gregory
     
 

ISBN-10: 0854969551

ISBN-13: 9780854969555

Pub. Date: 08/28/1994

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Nominated for the Longman History Today Book of the Year Prize, 1995

The first full-scale study of the rituals with which the British people commemorated three-quarters of a million war dead.

Explains both the origins of the two minutes silence and the reasons for the success of the poppy appeal.

This book examines how the British people came to terms with

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Nominated for the Longman History Today Book of the Year Prize, 1995

The first full-scale study of the rituals with which the British people commemorated three-quarters of a million war dead.

Explains both the origins of the two minutes silence and the reasons for the success of the poppy appeal.

This book examines how the British people came to terms with the massive trauma of the First World War. Although the literary memory of the war has often been discussed, little has been written on the public ceremonies on and around 11 November which dominated the public memory of the war in the inter-war years. This book aims to remedy the deficiency by showing the pre-eminence of Armistice Day, both in reflecting what people felt about the war and in shaping their memories of it. It shows that this memory was complex rather than simple and that it was continually contested. Finally it seeks to examine the impact of the Second World War on the memory of the First and to show how difficult it is to recapture the idealistic assumptions of a world that believed it had experienced 'the war to end all wars'.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780854969555
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Series:
Legacy of the Great War Series
Pages:
253
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Lest We Forget: The Invention and Reception of Armistice Day8
2Unknown Soldiers: The Marginality of Veterans on 11 November51
3And Men Like Flowers Are Cut: The Haig Poppy Appeal 1919-3993
4The Undertones of War: Armistice Day in the Thirties118
5The Irony of History: Armistice Day from Peace to War149
6God Our Help: The Churches, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday184
7The Restoration of Tradition?212
Conclusion225
Selected Bibliography228
Index240

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