“The Free-Masonry of Sorrow”?: English national identities and the memorialization of the Great War in Britain, 1919–1931

Lawson, Tom (2008) “The Free-Masonry of Sorrow”?: English national identities and the memorialization of the Great War in Britain, 1919–1931. History & Memory, 20 (1). pp. 89-120. ISSN 0935-560X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2979/HIS.2008.20.1.89

Abstract

This article explores the national identities that were constructed in Britain in and around memorial activity in the aftermath of the Great War, and attempts to set them in context. It is argued that the same memorial acts could suggest identities that were both international in their vision and also narrowly national. Indeed, the tensions evident in the discourse of identity embodied in memorial activity indicate that the idea of the nation itself was contested. That the same soldiers could have died for Britain, the Empire, Europe and England acts as a practical case study of the shifting and chimerical nature of national identity in modern Britain.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: V100 History by period
V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2013 14:59
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/13971

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