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Author Varley, Karine
Title Under the shadow of defeat [electronic resource] : the war of 1870-71 in French memory / Karine Varley
Imprint Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2008
book jacket
Descript 1 online resource (xi, 299 p.) : ill
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 272-291) and index
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Introduction -- Political fallout -- The cult of the dead -- Taboos -- Memories for the masses -- Legacies of l'ann©Øee terrible -- Martyrdom and resistance -- The lost provinces -- Arming the nation
The French defeat by Germany of 1870-71 was profoundly humiliating, sparking widespread soul-searching, intense political conflict, and a fundamental reassessment of the character of the nation. Based on extensive new archival research, this book is the first wide-ranging analysisof how memories of the Franco-Prussian War shaped French political culture and identities in the period thereafter. It argues that these memories reawakened deeply-rooted political divisions, distorting them through the prism of the "terrible year." Examining the emergence of war remembrance as a mass phenomenon for the first time in Europe, it explores the cult of the dead, the construction of war memorials,"pilgrimages" to sites of remembrance, art, and literature relating to the war. It sheds new light on how groups and individuals constructed memories not only to define and articulate their ideas, butalso to situate themselves within new political concepts of the nation
Link Print version: Varley, Karine. Under the shadow of defeat. Basingstoke, UK ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2008 9780230005198 (OCoLC)148904669
Subject Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871 -- Influence
Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871 -- Monuments
War memorials -- France
France -- Civilization -- 1830-1900
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