Introduction ‘We Will Remember’
The year 1964 was both the 50th anniversary of the declaration of World War I and the 25th anniversary of the declaration of World War II. Arriving during the Viet-Nam War at a time of increasing hostility between the world powers, the two anniversaries had a signal effect on British cultural awareness. The First World War, emotively remembered as ‘The Great War’, was the more prominent focus of public attention. Not that it had ever been forgotten. The annual celebration of Armistice-day, 11 November 1918, by two minutes’ silence followed by the sounding of the last post at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month (now ‘Remembrance Sunday’), in front of the war-memorials ‘To Our Glorious Dead’ with their lists of name upon name, in every city, town and village throughout Britain, ensured that the Great War was a permanent monument within British culture. But the question was: exactly what did that monument perpetuate?
KeywordsPersonal Memory Paperback Edition British Culture Cultural Myth Theatre Workshop
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