The Silence of Memory
Armistice Day, 1919-1946
By (author) Adrian Gregory
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Silence of Memory by Adrian Gregory
Book DescriptionNominated for the Longman History Today Book of the Year Prize, 1995The 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780854969555
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 16-Aug-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Adrian Gregory
War of Peoples 1914-1919, Paperback (May 2014)
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Last Great War, Paperback (October 2008)
A groundbreaking new history of the British home front during the First World War.
Ireland and the Great War, Paperback (June 2002)
For many Irish, World War I represents the last time Ireland was united as a nation. This volume explores the immediate and continuing impact of the war on Ireland and analyses the effects on Irish national identity and political violence in Ireland.
Silence of Memory, Paperback (August 1994)» View all books by Adrian Gregory
Focusing on the public ceremonies on and around 11th November which dominated the inter-war years, this book emphasizes the importance of Armistice Day, in reflecting what people felt about the war and in shaping their memories of it.
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Author Biography - Adrian Gregory
Adrian Gregory Pembroke College, Oxford
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