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British Culture and the First World War: Experience, Representation and Memory

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The First World War has been mythologized since 1918, and many paradigmatic views of it - that it was pointless, that brave soldiers were needlessly sacrificed - are deeply embedded in the British consciousness. More than in any other country, these collective British memories were influenced by the experiences and the work of writers, painters and musicians.This book revisits the British experience of the War through the eyes and ears of a diverse group of carefully selected novelists, poets, composers and painters. It examines how they reacted to and portrayed their experiences in the trenches on the Western Front, in distant theatres of war and on the home front, in words, pictures and music that would have a profound influence on subsequent British perceptions of the war.Rupert Brooke, Vera Brittain, Richard Nevinson, Paul Nash, Edward Elgar and T. E. Lawrence are amongst the figures discussed in this original exploration of the First World War and British collective memory. The book includes illustrations and maps to aid further study and research.
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ISBN-13: 9781441180742
ISBN-10: 1441180745
Pagini: 376
Ilustrații: 24 illus
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.59 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Unique exploration of how the arts contributed to the formation of collective memory in Britain

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Toby Thacker is Lecturer in Modern European History at Cardiff University, UK. He is the author of Joseph Goebbels: Life and Death (2009), Music after Hitler, 1945-1955 (2007) and The End of the Third Reich: Defeat, Denazification, and Nuremberg, 1944-1946 (2006).


List of Illustrations and MapsIntroduction1. 'And grant us thy peace': Introducing the Artists, and the Threat of War2. 'We are on the eve of horrible things': The British Declaration of War3. 'We have come into our heritage': The British Expeditionary Force in Flanders, August-December 19144. 'Not for a moment do our spirits flag': The Western Front in 19155. 'We are not making much progress': Gallipoli, Salonika, and Palestine6. 'Gigantic, tenacious grim, futile and bloody': The Somme7. 'A life without horizon or hope': Passchendaele8. 'With our backs to the wall': The Crisis of 19189. 'This old war is closing': The Hundred Days10. 'Those disillusioned years': The Early Post-War Period11. 'The unseen face': Redemption and Resurrection12. 'Their Name Liveth for Evermore': The Construction of MemoryNotesBibliography and SourcesIndex