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War and Remembrance in the Twentieth Century
     

War and Remembrance in the Twentieth Century

by Jay Winter
 
No scholarly consensus exists about what the terms 'memory' and 'collective memory' mean and how these terms may be used in historical study. Hence there is still much room for reflection and clarification in this branch of cultural history. How war has been remembered collectively is the central question in this volume. War in the twentieth century is a vivid and

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No scholarly consensus exists about what the terms 'memory' and 'collective memory' mean and how these terms may be used in historical study. Hence there is still much room for reflection and clarification in this branch of cultural history. How war has been remembered collectively is the central question in this volume. War in the twentieth century is a vivid and traumatic phenomenon which left behind it survivors who engage time and time again in acts of remembrance. Thus this volume, which contains essays by outstanding scholars of twentieth-century history, focuses on the issues raised by the shadow of war in this century. Drawing on material from countries in Europe, and from Israel and the United States, the contributors have adopted a 'social agency' approach which highlights the behaviour, not of whole societies or of ruling groups alone, but of the individuals who do the work of remembrance, who feel they have a duty to remember, and who want to preserve a piece of the past. More specifically, the traumatic collective memory resulting from the horrors of the First World War, the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, and the Algerian War is examined through studies of public forms of remembrance, such as museums and exhibitions, literature and film, thus demonstrating that a popular kind of collective memory is still very much alive.

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History Today
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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"...an excellent interpretation of how 20th-century warfare has been shaped in and by national communities." Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521640350
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/18/1999
Series:
Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare Series
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

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