Remembering War: The Great War Between Memory and History in the 20th Century

Remembering War: The Great War Between Memory and History in the 20th Century


By (author) Jay Winter


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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 211mm x 36mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 26 May 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300110685
  • ISBN 13: 9780300110685
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Illustrations note: 16 b/w illus.
  • Sales rank: 317,761

Product description

This is a masterful volume on remembrance and war in the twentieth century. Jay Winter locates the fascination with the subject of memory within a long-term trajectory that focuses on the Great War. Images, languages, and practices that appeared during and after the two world wars focused on the need to acknowledge the victims of war and shaped the ways in which future conflicts were imagined and remembered. At the core of the "memory boom" is an array of collective meditations on war and the victims of war, Winter says. The book begins by tracing the origins of contemporary interest in memory, then describes practices of remembrance that have linked history and memory, particularly in the first half of the twentieth century. The author also considers "theaters of memory"--film, television, museums, and war crimes trials in which the past is seen through public representations of memories. The book concludes with reflections on the significance of these practices for the cultural history of the twentieth century as a whole.

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Author information

Jay Winter is Charles J. Stille Professor of History, Yale University. He is author or coauthor of a dozen books, including Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History.

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"In a characteristically vigorous and insightful manner, Jay Winter takes up one of the most influential issues of contemporary cultural comment and academic debate-memory and its relationship with history. The result is highly original and the fruit of thirty years' reflection on the subject. This book will stand alone as the contribution by a leading historian of the Great War to the field."-John Horne, Trinity College, Dublin -- John Horne