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Pétain and the Centenary of the Battle of Verdun in the First World War: A Discomforting Presence

The centenary of the First World War in France has raised a number of difficult and sometimes sensitive questions about how the nation should remember and commemorate the experiences that so profoundly shaped the country. 2016 sees the centenary of … Continue reading

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How should we commemorate wars? Lessons from the nineteenth century

Commemoration of war has always been politicised. Nineteenth-century experiences in Britain and Europe show that limited state direction of war remembrance enables meaningful expression of multiple memories by a cross-section of society. Dr Karine Varley of Strathclyde University argues that … Continue reading

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War commemorations and politics: Lessons from the nineteenth century

A recent row over how the First World War should be remembered has raised questions about the politicisation of war memory. Karine Varley considers the Franco-Prussian war, and how ‘light-touch’ commemoration by the French state allowed memories of war deaths … Continue reading

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Remembering the Franco-Prussian War Dead: Setting Precedents for the First World War

Franco-Prussian War was the first widely-commemorated conflict in Europe First time soldiers given permanent graves and military cemeteries War memorials at the centre of a cult of the war dead The Franco-Prussian War was the first widely-commemorated conflict in Europe. … Continue reading

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