Defeat and Memory: Cultural Histories of Military Defeat in by J. Macleod

By J. Macleod

The legacy of defeat in struggle reverberates via deepest and collective reminiscence and is still a sub-text in diplomacy and political discourse. This publication examines the style within which a sequence of army defeats were understood and remembered by means of participants and societies within the period of contemporary industrialised conflict.

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Plans for the future will be laid. Reconciliation with the enemy will be posited. Revenge or reversal of the defeat may be plotted. And individuals will try to pick up the threads of their lives. When the process is over is hard to say, since it leaves a permanent legacy, but it is perhaps at the point when some new equilibrium, some new sense of normality, is reached. This might even be seen as a third phase - the place defeat occupies in the history of a society once normalization has occurred.

54 And Adolf StOcker, court chaplain in Berlin and founder of the anti-Semite Christlich-Soziale Arbeiterpartei, asserted in a Reichstag debate in 1892 that the anti-Semite movement had emerged because the German nation, after having returned from the unification wars, had become aware of the shameful foreign rule lasting upon it. 55 Thus, the interpretation of the present as a time of even worse foreign rule than during the Napoleonic era was shared by secular as well as religious anti-Semites.

1815: Volksbuch (Wesel: 1842), pp. 479-80. Theodor Rohmer, Deutschlands Bemf in der Gegenwart und Zukunft (ZurichWinterthur: 1841). [iedrich] Ahlfeld, Danket dem Herm, dem grossen Siegverleiher: Predigt aber Psalm 46, 8-12 am 50jiihrigen Jubiliium der Leipziger VOlkerschlacht den 18. October 1863 in der Kirche zu St. Nicolai in Leipzig (Leipzig-Dresden: 1863), p. 4. B. B. Briickner, Die Befreiung des deutschen Vaterlandes: Predigt bei der Gedenkfeier der Leipziger VOlkerschlacht am 20. Sonntag nach Trinitatis 1863 (Leipzig: 1863), p.

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