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The Great War, Memory and Ritual: Commemoration in the City and East London, 1916-1939: Book by Mark Connelly

The Great War, Memory and Ritual: Commemoration in the City and East London, 1916-1939

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ISBN: 9780861933273    Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 271        
The modern idea that the Great War was regarded as a futile waste of life by British society in the disillusioned 1920s and 1930s is here called into question by Mark Connelly. Through a detailed local...Read more
The modern idea that the Great War was regarded as a futile waste of life by British society in the disillusioned 1920s and 1930s is here called into question by Mark Connelly. Through a detailed local study of a district containing a wide variety of religious, economic and social variations, he shows how both the survivors and the bereaved came to terms with the losses and implications of the Great War. His study illustrates the ways in which communities as diverse as the Irish Catholics of Wapping, the Jews of Stepney and the Presbyterian ex-patriate Scots of Ilford, thanks to the actions of the local agents of authority and influence - clergymen, rabbis, councillors, teachers and employers - shaped the memory of their dead and created a very definite history of the war. Close focus on the planning of, fund-raising for, and erection of war memorials expands to a wider examination of how those memorials became a focus for a continuing need to remember, particularly each year on Armistice Day. Mark Connelly is Professor of Modern British Military History, University of Kent.
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An excellent piece of original research, and an engaging study of how the fallen of the Great War were remembered through observance and memorial. MILITARY HISTORY MONTHLY A very good and very...Read more
An excellent piece of original research, and an engaging study of how the fallen of the Great War were remembered through observance and memorial. MILITARY HISTORY MONTHLY A very good and very readable detailed case study. ARMCHAIR AUCTIONS The war memorials of the 1914-1918 war are to be found everywhere in the British Isles...Through the meticulous scholarship of Mark Connelly, we can once again hear the voices of those who created them. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW A deep knowledge of memoirs, newspaper files, and local archives enables Connelly to show the communitarian codes that underlay the war memorial movement as well as the conflicts and divisions these activities occasioned. ALBION
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