Guest lecture delivered by Bruno Cabanes as part of the Yale College course ‘France since 1871’. The human cost of World War I cannot be understood only in terms of demographics. To better understand the consequences of the war upon both soldiers and civilians it is necessary to consider mourning in its private, as well as its public dimensions. Indeed, for many French people who lived through the war, public spectacles of bereavement, such as the Unknown Soldier, were also conceived of as intensely private affairs. Both types of mourning are associated with a wide variety of rituals and procedures.
Lecture chapters consist of:
- Personal and Communal Mourning: Modes of Cultural Grief During and After the Great War [00:00:00]
- Communities in Mourning: Social Circles of Grief [00:05:39]
- Specificities of the Great War Experience: The Lost Generation, The Lost Bodies [00:15:57]
- Rites of Collective Mourning: Creating National Unity through Commemoration [00:27:53]
Also available as audio and a transcript.
Original URL: http://oyc.yale.edu/history/hist-276/lecture-16
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