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Cultural Memory and the Great War: Medievalism and Classicism in British and German War Memorials

STEFAN GOEBEL

in Cultures of Commemoration

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780197264669
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753985 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264669.003.0007

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Cultural Memory and the Great War: Medievalism and Classicism in British and German War Memorials

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This chapter investigates the overlaps between the ‘cultural memory’ of the distant past and the memory of the Great War in Britain and Germany between 1914 and 1939, looking in particular at the use of medieval(ist) images in war memorials. There was a certain tension between advocates of medievalism and supporters of classicist images, but often, they reached a compromise. The chapter combines a discussion of the concept of ‘cultural memory’ with case studies on the reception of antiquity and the Middle Ages in the era of the Great War.

Keywords: First World War; war memorials; classical tradition; medievalism; cultural memory; Weimar Republic; Nazi Germany

Chapter.  7758 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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