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Opis: Remembrance Today - Ted Harrison

Every nation has its own way of remembering those killed in conflict. Each November Remembrance follows a seemingly unchanging pattern: millions of people wear poppies and two minutes' silence is observed at war memorials around the world. Today young people are taught that through Remembrance we thank those who gave their lives to defend our liberty and freedom, and show support for members of today's armed services. But when poppy-wearing started after the First World War it had a rather different purpose: the flowers of Flanders Field were worn to express grief and to declare that war should never happen again. Remembrance throws up questions that demand to be answered but are too often ignored: What does it mean to be heroic? What, in the military context, does glory mean? But most fundamental of all - what is the purpose of Remembrance? Is it to honour and thank the fallen, those who gave their lives in wars? To give comfort to those who mourn their loss? If Remembrance does not serve as a warning against war, a reminder to the nation to rededicate itself to peace, then, Harrison argues, it is a sanctimonious and futile waste of time. Proposing a return to the original ideals of Remembrance, and suggesting many changes to the modern-day spectacle, Remembrance Today is a powerful polemic on how our ideas of heroism, duty and grief have lost their way which calls for a refocusing of Remembrance from its current divisive tradition to a more uniting and appropriate observance. 'Not everyone will agree with Ted Harrison's book, and some will find it downright uncomfortable. But it asks questions that should be asked and provides answers which are thoughtful and impressive ... This is a brave book and an important one for those who understand that the primary drivers of war are not weapons but the minds of men.' - Paddy Ashdown "While the literature on the celebration of Armistice Day and the building of war memorials in the age of total war is vast, little has been written about remembrance today in the aftermath of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ted Harrison's thought-provoking, and in many ways provocative, book fills a significant gap in our knowledge of the contemporary culture of remembrance. Remembrance Today represents a forceful intervention in the debate about how we should remember our war dead in the 21st century.' - Dr Stefan Goebel, author of The Great War and Medieval Memory 'This is a stimulating and thought-provoking meditation on remembrance, which makes brave and strongly argued suggestions for ways in which more varied meanings could be restored to our annual rituals.' - Dan Todman, author of The Great War: Myth and Memory


Szczegóły: Remembrance Today - Ted Harrison

Tytuł: Remembrance Today
Autor: Ted Harrison
Producent: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781780230443
Rok produkcji: 2012
Ilość stron: 256
Oprawa: Twarda
Waga: 0.46 kg


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Remembrance Today

Every nation has its own way of remembering those killed in conflict. Each November Remembrance follows a seemingly unchanging pattern: millions of people wear poppies and two minutes' silence is observed at war memorials around the world. Today young people are taught that through Remembrance we thank those who gave their lives to defend our liberty and freedom, and show support for members of today's armed services. But when poppy-wearing started after the First World War it had a rather different purpose: the flowers of Flanders Field were worn to express grief and to declare that war should never happen again. Remembrance throws up questions that demand to be answered but are too often ignored: What does it mean to be heroic? What, in the military context, does glory mean? But most fundamental of all - what is the purpose of Remembrance? Is it to honour and thank the fallen, those who gave their lives in wars? To give comfort to those who mourn their loss? If Remembrance does not serve as a warning against war, a reminder to the nation to rededicate itself to peace, then, Harrison argues, it is a sanctimonious and futile waste of time. Proposing a return to the original ideals of Remembrance, and suggesting many changes to the modern-day spectacle, Remembrance Today is a powerful polemic on how our ideas of heroism, duty and grief have lost their way which calls for a refocusing of Remembrance from its current divisive tradition to a more uniting and appropriate observance. 'Not everyone will agree with Ted Harrison's book, and some will find it downright uncomfortable. But it asks questions that should be asked and provides answers which are thoughtful and impressive ... This is a brave book and an important one for those who understand that the primary drivers of war are not weapons but the minds of men.' - Paddy Ashdown "While the literature on the celebration of Armistice Day and the building of war memorials in the age of total war is vast, little has been written about remembrance today in the aftermath of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ted Harrison's thought-provoking, and in many ways provocative, book fills a significant gap in our knowledge of the contemporary culture of remembrance. Remembrance Today represents a forceful intervention in the debate about how we should remember our war dead in the 21st century.' - Dr Stefan Goebel, author of The Great War and Medieval Memory 'This is a stimulating and thought-provoking meditation on remembrance, which makes brave and strongly argued suggestions for ways in which more varied meanings could be restored to our annual rituals.' - Dan Todman, author of The Great War: Myth and Memory

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Szczegóły: Remembrance Today - Ted Harrison

Tytuł: Remembrance Today
Autor: Ted Harrison
Producent: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781780230443
Rok produkcji: 2012
Ilość stron: 256
Oprawa: Twarda
Waga: 0.46 kg


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