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1915: The Death of Innocence by Lyn Macdonald

By Lyn Macdonald

Through the top of 1914, the battered British forces have been slowed down, but hopeful that promised reinforcements and spring climate may quickly bring about a effective leap forward. A 12 months later, after appalling losses at Aubers Ridge, bathrooms, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres and far flung Gallipoli, struggling with appeared set to move on for ever. Drawing on vast interviews, letters and diaries, this publication brilliantly conjures up the soldiers' dogged heroism, sardonic humour and bad lack of innocence via 'a 12 months of cobbling jointly, of frustration, of indecision'. Over decades' examine places Lyn Macdonald one of the maximum well known chroniclers of the 1st global battle. the following, from the poignant thoughts of contributors, she has once more created an unforgettable slice of army background.

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1 During that campaign, and after, many expressed fear that Barack Obama, as the country’s first African American president, would become the object of violence or even assassination. This possibility was even voiced by a rival, Senator Hillary Clinton, as part of her own bid for the nomination. The memory of the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and, most especially, Martin Luther King, weigh so heavily on American collective memory that there exists anticipation that someone extraordinary, in the sense of being special or in some way different, would be a target, R.

Cultural traumas are also a response to deeply felt emotions, which are publicly expressed and represented in this very same process, which implies an expressive and communicative aspect,7 making claims to authenticity and sincerity connected to collective identity and memory. Anything connected to identity falls within the realm of the sacred (Giesen 2004) and, as such, is bound up with powerful emotions. There are deeply rooted emotions and scripted identities to be drawn upon in such situations.

Shocking occurrences and traumatic events need not have only negative outcomes for all concerned. The failed assassination attempt on American president Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981—just 69 days into his presidency— actually served to strengthen his public image and gave him greater political capital. He was able to push through his political platform with greater ease. The same could be said for George W. Bush in the aftermath of 9/11. ” In a remarkable passage written soon after the assassination of JFK, Theodore White, an American journalist responsible for a series of firsthand accounts of “the making of the president,” described the power of television in helping to create a sense of collective belonging that would become part of the myth and legend of collective memory: The spectacle of the next three days is so new to memory that to retell it falls impossibly short of still-fresh emotions.

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