Stephen Heathorn, Haig and Kitchener in Twentieth Century Britain: Remembrance, Representation and Appropriation

Donaldson, Peter (2014) Stephen Heathorn, Haig and Kitchener in Twentieth Century Britain: Remembrance, Representation and Appropriation. Review of: Stephen Heathorn. Haig and Kitchener in Twentieth-Century Britain: Remembrance, Representation and Appropriation. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate Publishing Company. 2013. Pp. x, 268 by Heathorn, Stephen. American Historical Review, 119 (2). pp. 605-606. ISSN 0002-8762. E-ISSN 1937-5239. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/ahr/119.2.605a) (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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Abstract

With governments, publishers, and cultural institutions gearing up for the hundredth anniversary of the Great War, tensions have already come to the fore about how the event should be marked. Should this be a time for national celebration or global reflection? In Britain, the inclusion of Sebastian Faulks on the First World War Centenary Advisory Board has exacerbated the concerns of some academics that the general public will be presented with yet another variant of Paul Fussell's “Oh What a Literary War” (in The Great War and Modern Memory [2000]). In this representation, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, commander of the British Expeditionary Force from December 1915 to 1918, takes center stage as the donkey-in-chief, blundering from one attritional disaster to the next, while Lord Kitchener, the secretary of state for war from 1914 until his death in June 1916, serves as a metonym for the heroic age of Victorian imperialism that had had its day.

Item Type: Review
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: M.R.L. Hurst
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2016 10:58 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2016 17:21 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53922 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Donaldson, Peter: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0246-1084
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