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Family Legacies in the Centenary. Motives for First World War Commemoration among British and German Descendants

Roper, M and Duffett, R (2018) 'Family Legacies in the Centenary. Motives for First World War Commemoration among British and German Descendants.' History and Memory, 30 (1). 76 - 115. ISSN 0935-560X

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Abstract

This article investigates the affective motives for remembrance among British and German descendants of men and women who served in the First World War. Based on observations of a First World War centenary project funded by the Heritage Lottery and hosted in Bavaria in early 2016 by the London-based reminiscence organization Age Exchange, it asks why people are drawn to research the First World War pasts of their ancestors and how their historical pursuits connect personal experience to public commemoration in the two countries. It develops an understanding of legacy as operating across time in two directions: backwards from contemporary preoccupations to the First World War, and forwards across generations, from the survivors and their descendants to the present.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: First World War; legacy; remembrance; family transmission; generations; affective motives; trauma; silence
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 11:09
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2018 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21231

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