Remembering War Searching For Peace
Jill Brand, Jan Melichar, Margaret Melicharova
Peace Pledge Union 978-0-902680-50-0
New fully revised with new section on war memorials.
The annual Remembrance Day service and the many war memorials that are found in almost every city, town and village throughout Britain serve several functions, one of which is that they reinforce the message that sees war as 'natural' in western culture. Newly revised and updated Remembering War challenges this idea, and, in doing so, provides significant material with which the general reader and student alike can examine the role of the media in the process. A new section looks at the burgeoning growth of war memorial both here and in Europe. Notes for teachers and students are available separately. VIEW
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
the history and changing significance of public remembrance.
1. What is Remembrance Day?
2. Armistice Day: how it all began.
3. Commemoration: to mourn or to celebrate?
4. Flowers of Remembrance: red poppies.
5. Unknown soldiers: missing and dead, military and civilian.
6. Alternative Remembrance: ' dedication to a peaceful future'.
Understanding the Message:
the role of propaganda in war remembrance.
1. What is Propaganda?
2. A World of Propaganda:the media and consumer society.
3. The Acceptance of War: cultural collusion.
4. Shock Tactics: analysis of an alarming advertisement.
5. Press Bias, and the white poppy.
6. Changing Culture: we invented war - can we invent peace?
Understanding War Memorials
Illustrated background information for project work.
1. Where they are.
2. When they were built.
3. A short history of memorials.
4. Different kinds of memorial.
Also contains notes, additional material and suggestions for projects/activities/research. Designed for both teachers and students.
REVIEW: Social Science Teacher: 'Viewed in terms of propaganda the annual Remembrance Day service and the many war memorials that are found in almost every city, town and village throughout Britain serve several functions, one of which is that they reinforce the message that war is seen as 'natural' in western culture. This pack challenges this idea, and, in doing so, provides some significant material with which students can examine the role of the media in the process. The pack is definitely good value.'