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Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration

Mobilizing the Past in Europe, Australia and New Zealand


Edited By Shanti Sumartojo and Ben Wellings

The Great War continues to play a prominent role in contemporary consciousness. With commemorative activities involving seventy-two countries, its centenary is a titanic undertaking: not only ‘the centenary to end all centenaries’ but the first truly global period of remembrance.
In this innovative volume, the authors examine First World War commemoration in an international, multidisciplinary and comparative context. The contributions draw on history, politics, geography, cultural studies and sociology to interrogate the continuities and tensions that have shaped national commemoration and the social and political forces that condition this unique international event. New studies of Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific address the relationship between increasingly fractured grand narratives of history and the renewed role of the state in mediating between individual and collective memories. Released to coincide with the beginning of the 2014–2018 centenary period, this collection illuminates the fluid and often contested relationships amongst nation, history and memory in Great War commemoration.
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Notes on Contributors


FRANK BONGIORNO is Associate Professor in History at Australian National University and has broad interests in Australian history. He is the author of The People’s Party: Victorian Labor and the Radical Tradition 1875–1914 (Melbourne University Press, 1996); A Little History of the Australian Labor Party (University of New South Wales Press, 2011), which was written with Nick Dyrenfurth; and The Sex Lives of Australians: A History (Black Inc., 2012). He is co-editor of History Australia, the Australian Historical Association’s official journal.


CHRISTINE CADOT is Associate Professor in Political Science at the Université Paris VIII. She is the author of L’Europe imaginée. Lecture iconoclaste de la construction européenne (Presses de Sciences Po, 2014). Her research focuses on the study of the historiography of the European Union, particularly on the development of master narratives of the European Union in museums and exhibitions.


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