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The Great War and Medieval Memory
War, Remembrance and Medievalism in Britain and Germany, 1914–1940

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Part of Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare

  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521123068

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  • A genuinely comparative study of the cultural impact of the Great War on British and German societies in the first half of the twentieth century. Taking public commemorations as its focus, this book unravels the British and German search for historical continuity and meaning in the shadow of an unprecedented human catastrophe. In both countries, the survivors of the Great War pictured the conflict as the 'Last Crusade' and sought consolation in imagery that connected the soldiers of the age of total war with the knights of the Middle Ages. Stefan Goebel shows that medievalism as a mode of war commemoration transcended national and cultural boundaries. This is an invaluable contribution to the burgeoning study of cultural memory and collective remembrance which will appeal to researchers and students in the history of the First World War, social and cultural history of warfare and medieval studies.

    • A groundbreaking contribution to the booming field of cultural memory and collective remembrance
    • Incorporates expert knowledge of both British and German archives
    • Helps understanding national peculiarities and cultural convergences in European history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: '… a stimulating book …' German Historical Institute London: Bulletin

    Review of the hardback: '… a first-class piece of work that will inspire and intrigue any reader.' Journal of Modern History

    Review of the hardback: '… a model of comparative archival research …' English Historical Review

    Review of the hardback: 'Goebel's study is (almost) a paradigm for a comparative cultural history of the Great War.' Contemporary European History

    Review of the hardback: 'I expected this to be a merely interesting book, but I found it a fascinating one.' H-German

    Review of the hardback: 'Goebel is to be congratulated for identifying a fascinating subject and presenting the results of his comparative research in a clear and lively account. He has put methodological approaches associated with the 'new' cultural history – interdisciplinarity, sensitivity to cultural artefacts, analysis of discourses – to excellent use in a core field of comparative history.' German History

    Review of the hardback: 'Both medievalists and modern historians will benefit from reading this comparative study.' Central European History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521123068
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Catastrophe and continuity: the place of the war dead in history
    2. Mission and defence: the nature of the conflict
    3. Destruction and endurance: the war experience
    4. Chivalry and cruelty: the soldiers' character and conduct
    5. Regeneration and salvation: the prospects for the living and the dead
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Stefan Goebel, University of Kent, Canterbury

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