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The Great War: Myth and Memory by Dan Todman


Hambledon £19.99.  The Great War: Myth and Memory is  based on Dan Todman’s PhD thesis and looks at the changing perceptions of the Great War from 1918 until the present day.  There are seven chapters dealing with: mud, death, donkeys, futility, poets, veterans and modem memory.  Chapter three on 'Donkeys' is particularly illuminating. The autho…

The First World War in the Classroom: Teaching and the Construction of Cultural Memory


[This article first appeared in Bulletin 99 August 20214] Barely forty-eight hours into the first centenary year of the First World War, History teachers found themselves under attack from the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, for the way the topic was (believed) to be taught in British classrooms. His remarks quickly developed int…