War and Remembrance in the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

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Drawing on material from Europe, America and the Middle East, leading scholars of twentieth century history address the issue of how wars, and the loss of life in wars, have been remembered collectively in the aftermath of conflicts such as the First and Second World Wars, the Spanish Civil War and the Algerian War. However, rather than focus on whole societies or ruling groups alone, this volume adopts a "social agency" approach to highlight the behavior of small groups and individuals who do the work of remembrance.

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"...an excellent interpretation of how 20th-century warfare has been shaped in and by national communities." Choice
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The vivid and traumatic phenomenon of war provides the basis for a detailed examination of how war has been remembered collectively this century. Material is drawn from Europe, America and Israel to show that small groups of survivors act together in order to preserve a piece of the past.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Emmanuel Sivan and Jay Winter; 1. Setting the framework Emmanuel Sivan and Jay Winter; 2. Forms of kinship and remembrance in the aftermath of the Great War Jay Winter; 3. War, death and remembrance in Soviet Russia Catherine Merridale; 4. Agents of memory: Spanish Civil War veterans and disabled soldiers Paloma Aguilar; 5. Children as war victims in postwar European cinema Pierre Sorlin; 6. From survivor to witness: voices from the Shoah Annette Wieviorka; 7. Landscapes of loss: little Tokyo in Los Angeles Dolores Hayden; 8. The Algerian war in French collective memory Antoine Prost; 9. Private pain and public remembrance in Israel Emmanuel Sivan; 10. Personal narratives and commemoration Samuel Hynes; 11. Against consolation: Walter Benjamin and the refusal to mourn Martin Jay.

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