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The Memory of Catastrophe - Peter Gray

The Memory of Catastrophe

By: Peter Gray (Editor), Kendrick Oliver (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th May 2004
ISBN: 9780719063459
Number Of Pages: 240

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Memories of catastrophes--both those which occur naturally and those which are consequences of human actions--loom large in the modern consciousness. The volume opens with an investigation of the concepts of catastrophe and collective memory, and the relationships between them. Arguing that a pervasive catastrophic memory may be as disabling as it is instructive, Gray and Oliver stress the necessity of rendering the phenomenon subject to secular critical inquiry. The value of such an approach is then demonstrated in a series of case studies.

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"I loved this book--a fabulous topic, powerfully argued. The entire book was riveting. It should become required reading for anyone interested in disaster, war and memory."--Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College

List of contributorspage ix
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Remembering the English Civil Warsp. 19
'Diabolical design': the Charleston elite, the 1822 slave insurrection, and the discourse of the supernaturalp. 31
Memory and the commemoration of the Great Irish Faminep. 46
'The greatest and the worst': dominant and subaltern memories of the Dos Bocas well fire of 1908p. 65
The Titanic and the commodification of catastrophep. 79
Doctors and trauma in the First World War: the response of British military psychiatristsp. 91
Commemorations of the siege of Leningrad: a catastrophe in memory and mythp. 106
The missing camps of Aktion Reinhard: the judicial displacement of a mass murderp. 118
Memory and authenticity: the case of Binjamin Wilkomirskip. 132
Partition memory and multiple identities in the Champaran district of Bihar, Indiap. 147
Bodies do count: American nurses mourn the catastrophe of Vietnamp. 158
'Not much of a place anymore': the reception and memory of the massacre at My Laip. 171
Remembering Vukovar, forgetting Vukovar: constructing national identity through the memory of catastrophe in Croatiap. 190
Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Sawoniuk? British memory of the Holocaust and Kosovo, spring 1999p. 205
Indexp. 222
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ISBN: 9780719063459
ISBN-10: 0719063450
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 13th May 2004
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.37