Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Great Silence by Juliet Nicolson

I have just finished reading The Great Silence by Juliet Nicolson.

It is about the immediate aftermath of the First World War in the United Kingdom.

Popular history, and perhaps too reliant on published sources, but with many interesting points.

"Despite the millions of deaths that had occurred in the name of love of country, patriotism remained undiluted."

The Victory Parade in London on 19th July 1919 - The Times said the men would be "marching in the full consciousness of triumph".

The "empty tomb" of the Cenotaph was a Christian symbol (not a secular monument as some modern commentators have claimed).

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