French commemoration: The centenary effect and the (re)discovery of 14–18

Fathi, Romain (2015) French commemoration: The centenary effect and the (re)discovery of 14–18. Australian Journal of Political Science, 50 3: 545-552. doi:10.1080/10361146.2015.1079940


Author Fathi, Romain
Title French commemoration: The centenary effect and the (re)discovery of 14–18
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-1146
1363-030X
Publication date 2015-10-05
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2015.1079940
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 50
Issue 3
Start page 545
End page 552
Total pages 8
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract A centenary effect is bringing the First World War back into the public sphere in France, even though state authorities have struggled to generate momentum around its national commemorations. First, this article synthesises France's memory of the First World War, comparing it with Australian commemoration, arguing that it is generally consensual and that, to date, there has been an absence of debate over its commemoration. Second, it examines the Mission du Centenaire, France's official board for the commemoration of the centenary of the Great War, the key commemorations announced and the articulations between local, national and international commemorative events. Finally, the article analyses the economic rationale behind the French authorities’ desire for an internationalised centenary, the political messages articulated through the memory of the conflict and the level of popular interest in the centenary commemorations since 2013.
Keyword Commemoration
First World War centenary
France
Memory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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