Armistice Day

It’s 90 years since the end of the fighting on the Western Front. There’s great stuff  from Clark Boyd and Carol Hills about WWI veterans and their letters home on PRI’s The World today. There’s tons of stuff on the BBC website too.  I did a segment about the end of WWI for my recent series on how wars end and it got me fascinated at the way historical memory is formed.  Historian Dan Todman, who’s written a book called The Great War: Myth and Memory, has an interesting piece at OpenDemocracy on how World War One is remembered. He notes the divergence between what he calls “the public and academic discourses about the 1914-18 war.”   It’s fascinating reading.

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One response to “Armistice Day

  1. Readers will also enjoy Soldier’s Mail: Letters Home from a New England Soldier 1916-1919 which features the writings of U.S. Sgt. Sam Avery during the American involvement in the Great War. A compelling eyewitness narrative from the hot sands along the Rio Grande to the cold mud along the Meuse.
    http://worldwar1letters.wordpress.com

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