The Ypres League and the commemoration of the Ypres salient, 1914-1940

Connelly, Mark L. (2009) The Ypres League and the commemoration of the Ypres salient, 1914-1940. War in History, 16 (1). pp. 51-76. ISSN 0968-3445. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This article explores British visions of Ypres between 1914 and 1940, and concentrates on the work of the crucial interwar remembrance movement, the Ypres League. The city of Y pres became a crucial symbol of all Britain was fighting for during the course of the First World War, and rapidly developed a holy aura. Led by the league, the horrors of industrial warfare were commuted into a spiritual quest in which British and imperial troops were purified by their experiences in the Y pres salient. After the war, British people visited Y pres in large numbers in order to imagine the sufferings of the servicemen and gain a spiritual benefit often with the assistance of the Y pres League and its publications. This reflected a culture of high diction and ritual greatly at odds with the idea that the twenties and thirties saw the dawn of an age disillusioned with the values of 1914. The British also became resident in Y pres in considerable numbers, and the article explores the relationship between the local population and the immigrants. By exploring the nature of war commemoration through the detailed case study of one particular site, it is intended to deepen the historiography of commemoration studies.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Mark Connelly
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 12:43
Last Modified: 14 May 2014 15:45
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