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Nominated 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 Details

ISBN: 9780854969555
ISBN-10: 0854969551
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Pages: 254
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 16-Aug-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Adrian Gregory

Adrian Gregory Pembroke College, Oxford

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