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

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Cambridge University Press, May 15, 2014 - History - 310 pages
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 1914-18, 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.
 

Contents

films popular religion and
119
from anticipation
145
The apocalyptic imagination in war literature
178
War poetry romanticism and the return of the sacred
204
Conclusion
221
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8
251
Bibliography
273
Index
298
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