The changes and continuities of conflict: the impact of the First World War on British culture, circa, 1914-1928

Williams, George (2013) The changes and continuities of conflict: the impact of the First World War on British culture, circa, 1914-1928. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This assessment is a study of the cultural impact of the First World War in Britain, circa 1914-1928. English historians have previously focused on the ways in which the First World War brought about changes in language and poetry. This is readily emphasised at the expense of focusing on the cultural impact of the war on high and popular culture. The viewpoints of various cultural historians on the impact of the First World War is discussed critically, in relation to Fussell's book, The Great War and Modern Memory, before primary sources are used to examine the themes of memorisation, Armistice Day, film, art, fiction, censorship, generational consciousness, civilisation and British modernity. The findings of this assessment have allowed for a critical conclusion to be reached on the historical validity of Fussell's book.
    The conclusions of this assessment mark the start of new attempts by cultural historians to examine the impact of the First World War on the majority, rather than the minority of the British public. The posthumous fame of those authors and poets who famously broke with literary traditions has to some extent dominated debate and research into the cultural consequences of the First World War. By examining the war itself, and its impact on British culture in the decade following the Armistice of 1918, this assessment argues that Fussell's emphasis on the importance of literary memory and its relationship to the consequences of the First World War, fails to provide a comprehensive account of the war's impact on culture. An analysis of Fussell's book is framed within a wider investigation into the impact of the First World War on British culture during the 1920s.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2013 13:58
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:28
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/13092

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