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

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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. Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning is a profound an...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published March 5th 1998 by Cambridge University Press (first published October 27th 1995)
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Jul 06, 2010 Lauren added it
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Disappointingly boring. A few interesting historical observations but mostly tepid prose and superficial analysis. Maybe his other book is better.
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 have described". Don't say it, do it! And for goodness sake, include pictures of art that is being dissected and described.
This literary work, while very important in its assumptions, assumes it will only be read by the intelligentsia who will, of course, be completely familiar with all if the obs...more
John David
“My Peter, I intend to try to be faithful … What does that mean? To love my country in my own way as you loved it in your way. And to make this love work. To look at the young people and be faithful to them. Besides that I shall do my work, the same work, my child, which you were denied. I want to honor God in my work, too, which means I want to be honest, true and sincere … When I try to be like that, dear Peter, I ask you then to be around me, help me, show yourself to me. I know you are there...more
One of the things that I have noticed since moving to Europe is how different the First World War looks here from the one I grew up with in New Zealand. All around are solemn memorials, but here we walk on the places the war happened, and its memorialisation is pervasive. These memorials are not just things in squares, in fields, or mounted on walls, but are in films, novels, poems, and much of our daily experience. Winter makes a strong case for understanding large parts of 20th century Europea...more
Andrew Nolan
I liked the chapters in spiritualism and representations of the apocalypse in art.

Overall think I probably disagree with some of the authors ideas of traditions in the face of Modernity. A lot of seemingly traditional responses to Modernity can not exist without Modernity to react against, and thus are not really "traditions", itself a problematic concept at the best of times.

I was surprised at the brevity of the conclusion to the book.

Would probably work well if read in conjunction with Robe...more
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