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Death So Noble

Memory, Meaning, and the First World War

This book examines Canada’s collective memory of the First World War through the 1920s and 1930s. It is a cultural history, considering art, music, and literature. Thematically organized into such subjects as the symbolism of the soldier, the implications of war memory for Canadian nationalism, and the idea of a just war, the book draws on military records, memoirs, war memorials, newspaper reports, fiction, popular songs, and films. It takes an unorthodox view of the Canadian war experience as a cultural and philosophical force rather than as a political and military event.

336 pages

Table of Contents

1 The Just War

2 Christ in Flanders

3 O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?

4 Accurs’d They Were Not There

5 The Soldier as Canada

6 Safeguarding the Past

7 If Ye Break Faith

8 To Found a Country


Bibliographic Essay

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