Remembering and imagining war

Phyllis Lassner*

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Although the First and Second World Wars were fought a generation apart, their historical, ethical, and political meanings continue to be debated. The terms concern whether both wars should be regarded as constituting a continuous battle for political and cultural supremacy or as distinct events, as either one battle bleeding into another with a brief interruption or as the Second World War erupting from unresolved, conflicting ideologies and interests carried over from the First. Squeezed between these perspectives is the decade of the 1930s in which memories of the 1914-18 war and anxieties about another conflagration were troubled further by the economic and social consequences of the Great Depression that devastated people’s lives on both sides of the divide. The 1930s in Britain was a war between, in which political, social, and cultural debates served as the only available weapons of defence against pervasive doubts about both the unstable present and the possibility of a stable future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to British Literature of the 1930s
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781108646345
ISBN (Print)9781108481083
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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