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Allies in Memory

World War II and the Politics ofTransatlantic Commemoration, c.1941-2001

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Amidst the ruins of postwar Europe, and just as the Cold War dawned, many new memorials were dedicated to those Americans who had fought and fallen for freedom. Some of these monuments, plaques, stained-glass windows and other commemorative signposts were established by agents of the US government, partly in the service of transatlantic diplomacy; some were built by American veterans' groups mourning lost comrades; and some were provided by grateful and grieving European communities. As the war receded, Europe also became the site for other forms of American commemoration: from the sombre and solemn battlefield pilgrimages of veterans, to the political theatre of Presidents, to the production and consumption of commemorative souvenirs. With a specific focus on processes and practices in two distinct regions of Europe - Normandy and East Anglia - Sam Edwards tells a story of postwar Euro-American cultural contact, and of the acts of transatlantic commemoration that this bequeathed.

Product code: 9781107426467

ISBN 9781107426467
No. of pages 311
Dimensions H230xW153xS17
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare
Sam Edwards uncovers the history of how, amidst the challenges and tensions of the Cold War, Americans and Europeans used acts of World War II commemoration as forums in which to discover, define and dispute the past and present of the transatlantic alliance.