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A broken silence? Mass Observation, Armistice Day and ‘everyday life’ in Britain 1937–1941

Noakes, L (2015) 'A broken silence? Mass Observation, Armistice Day and ‘everyday life’ in Britain 1937–1941.' Journal of European Studies, 45 (4). 331 - 346. ISSN 0047-2441

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Abstract

Between 1937 and 1941 the social survey organization Mass Observation collected material on the ways that the British people experienced and thought about the commemorative practices that marked the anniversary of the Armistice of 1918. What they found was that while people were largely united in their observation of the rituals of remembrance, their thoughts and feelings about these practices were diverse. For some, the acts of commemoration were a fitting way to pay tribute to both the dead and the bereaved. For others, these acts were hypocritical in a nation preparing for war. This article draws on the Mass Observation material to trace some of the diverse ways that remembrance was embodied in everyday life, practised, experienced and understood by the British people as the nation moved once again from peace to war, arguing that studies of the practices of remembrance alone tell us little about how they have been understood by participants.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Armistice Day, everyday life, inter-war Britain, Mass Observation, Second World War Britain, remembrance, silence
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 11:48
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 11:48
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20812

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