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

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 5, 1998 - History - 310 pages
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Jay Winter's powerful 1998 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.

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While rife with complex motifs and a plethora of literary analyses, it reads like a doctoral dissertation, and is poorly titled. When writing for publication, please leave out the "I will show" and "I ... Read full review


Homecomings the return of the dead
Communities in mourning
Spiritualism and the Lost Generation
War memorials and the mourning process
Cultural codes and languages of mourning
Mythologies of war films popular religion and the business of the sacred
The apocalyptic imagination in art from anticipation to allegory
The apocalyptic imagination in war literature
War poetry romanticism and the return of the sacred

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About the Author:
J.M. Winter is University Lecturer in History and Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. An American by birth, he has given numerous guest lectures throughout Europe and the United States. His previous books include the widely praised volume The Great War and the British People.

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