První světová válka a její zpřítomnění ve francouzské společnosti (1989-2008
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WORLD WAR I AND FRENCH SOCIETY: A RETURN TO THE PRESENT (1989-2008)
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World War I began to exert a new influence on the public and continued to do so even between 1990 and 2000, although its last veterans were then being laid to their final rest. This contribution investigates the ways in which the „1914-18 event“ came to be once again a topical place of memory. At first it attempts to unveil several symptoms of this return of World War I into the public arena in France and to compile a chronology for it. As far as the re-discovery of the military past of the years 1914-18 is concerned, in the French case selective forgetfulness, a derealization and eupheminisation, seem to be a price too high. Thus is formed „a place of memory for the years 1914-18“, which is understandable and simultaneously acceptable to our contemporaries.
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