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Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning : The Great War in European Cultural History

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Reprint
ISBN13:

9780521639880

ISBN10:
0521639883
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
3/28/1998
Publisher(s):
Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Jay Winter's powerful study of the 'collective remembrance' of the Great War offers a major reassessment of one of the critical episodes in the cultural history of the twentieth century. Dr Winter looks anew at the culture of commemoration and the ways in which communities endeavoured to find collective solace after 1918. Taking issue with the prevailing 'modernist' interpretation of the European reaction to the appalling events of 191418, Dr Winter instead argues that what characterised that reaction was, rather, the attempt to interpret the Great War within traditional frames of reference. Tensions arose inevitably. Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning is a profound and moving book of seminal importance for the attempt to understand the course of European history during the first half of the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
vi(2)
Acknowledgements viii(2)
List of abbreviations x
Introduction 1(12)
I. Catastrophe and consolation 13(104)
1 Homecomings: the return of the dead
15(14)
2 Communities in mourning
29(25)
3 Spiritualism and the `Lost Generation'
54(24)
4 War memorials and the mourning process
78(39)
II. Cultural codes and languages of mourning 117(113)
5 Mythologies of war: films, popular religion, and the business of the sacred
119(26)
6 The apocalyptic imagination in art: from anticipation to allegory
145(33)
7 The apocalyptic imagination in war literature
178(26)
8 War poetry, romanticism, and the return of the sacred
204(19)
9 Conclusion
223(7)
Notes 230(43)
Bibliography 273(25)
Index 298


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