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Cultures of CommemorationWar Memorials, Ancient and Modern$
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Polly Low, Graham Oliver, and P.J. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264669

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264669.001.0001

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

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

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(p.135) 7 Cultural Memory and the Great War: Medievalism and Classicism in British and German War Memorials
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Cultures of Commemoration
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STEFAN GOEBEL

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264669.003.0007

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

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