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A multi-generational oral history study considering English collective memory of the Second World War and Holocaust / Thomas J McKay.

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    This thesis provides a survey of the English memory of the Second World War and Holocaust using oral interviews. Drawing from work by Halbwachs on collective memory and Grele on myth-making I demonstrate how people use national collective memory to provide frameworks for their individual narratives of memory or remembrance. I will also show how various influences from media and education have contributed to promoting and sustaining some of the myths associated with the British experience of the Second World War. However, by an empirical analysis of the data I also demonstrate how different groups within the nation, especially the family setting, have emotional charged memories that differ markedly from the national collective memory. Therefore, the study also notes remarkable divergences in the 'public' and 'private' representation of World War II and the Holocaust within England. I will illustrate how certain memories and representations have been marginalised as they are not useful to the overall social cohesion of the national community, which draws a level of security from the popular British war memory. Therefore this study adds a contribution to the discourse surrounding the memory of the Second World War and the Holocaust within England.
    Format
    Online resource
    Author/Creator
    McKay, Thomas Joseph, author.
    Published
    [Great Britain] : University of Leicester, 2012
    Locale
    England
    Other Authors/Editors
    Jensen, Olaf.
    Davies, Martin L.
    University of Leicester, degree granting institution.
    Notes
    Dr Olaf Jensen, primary supervisor; Mr Martin Davies, secondary supervisor.
    Ph. D. University of Leicester 2012
    Includes bibliographical references.

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    English
    Physical Description
    1 online resource (v, 282 pages) : illustrations

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