Life in the Trenches

DISSERTATION – Constructing out of the Destructive: Understanding the Great War Through the Medium of Art, 1914-1919.

Introduction: According to modern British historian Dan Todman in 1998, the British population believed that ‘only the words of a tiny band of warrior poets could communicate the truth’ about the Great War.[1] This highlights the dominance poetry has had on influencing modern perceptions of the First World War, in comparison to other contemporary mediumsContinue reading “DISSERTATION – Constructing out of the Destructive: Understanding the Great War Through the Medium of Art, 1914-1919.”

How do the ‘Carry On…’ films reflect attitudes towards gender and sexuality?

The Carry On films (1958–1978) are a series of 30 British comedy films. For the purpose of this piece of work, I’m going to ignore the 31st film (1992)  for three reasons: firstly, my box set doesn’t include it, secondly my favourite stars of the franchise, Charles Hawtrey and Kenneth Williams, have died quite tragicContinue reading “How do the ‘Carry On…’ films reflect attitudes towards gender and sexuality?”

How accurate are British popular memories of the Great War?

Introduction Most of the British adult population will have grown up hearing stories of a relative’s experience of the Great War.[1] However, since the late 1970s, the number of veterans alive rapidly diminished and today – 100 years since the Armistice – there are no surviving veterans.[2] As a result, the younger half of theContinue reading “How accurate are British popular memories of the Great War?”

‘Needless slaughter’. How accurately does this describe the Battle of the Somme from 1 July 1916 to 18 November 1916?

Introduction The Battle of the Somme is arguably, as stated by revisionist historian Gordon Corrigan, “more deeply ingrained in British folk memory than any other episode of the Great War.”[1] This British public hold the popular belief that distant generals sent soldiers across No-Man’s-Land to be slaughtered by the Germans.[2] For this reason, the battleContinue reading “‘Needless slaughter’. How accurately does this describe the Battle of the Somme from 1 July 1916 to 18 November 1916?”

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