The silent morning

Culture and memory after the Armistice

Edited by Trudi Tate and Kate Kennedy

The silent morning


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9116-6
  • Pages: 352
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.99
  • Published Date: January 2016
  • BIC Category: c 1910 to c 1919, First World War, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture, HISTORY / Military / World War I, Society & social sciences / Society & culture: general, Humanities / First World War, Modern History, History
  • Series: Cultural History of Modern War


Now available in paperback, this study of the cultural impact of the Armistice of 11 November 1918 contains fourteen new essays from scholars working in literature, music, art history and military history. The Armistice brought hopes for a better future, as well as sadness, disappointment and rage. Many people in all the combatant nations asked hard questions about the purpose of the war. These questions are explored in complex and nuanced ways in the literature, music and art of the period. This book revisits the silence of the Armistice and asks how its effect was to echo into the following decades. The essays are genuinely interdisciplinary and are written in a clear, accessible style.


'One thing is certain: among the thousands of books published to mark the centenary of the Great War, there will be few, if any, which examine the immediate aftermath of the fighting as originally, incisively and movingly as the collections of essays in 'The Silent Morning'.', Susan Smart|'This is a magnificent collection of essays on an original and exciting topic and will be a defining volume in the field.'

Santanu Das, King's College, London|The Silent Morning 'fills a significant gap in the field' and 'paves the way for further studies, transforming the way in which First World War remembrance is thought about.'

Hope Wolf, Women: A Cultural Review (26, 1: 2015)


Introduction: 'This grave day' - Trudi Tate and Kate Kennedy
1. The parting of the ways: the Armistice, the Silence and Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End - John Pegum
2. Alfred Döblin's November 1918: the Alsatian prelude - Klaus Hofmann
3. 'A strange mood': British popular fiction and post-war uncertainties - George Simmers
4. Fighting the peace: two women's accounts of the post-war years - Alison Hennegan
5. King Baby: infant care into the peace - Trudi Tate
6. 'What a victory it might have been': C. E. Montague and the First World War - Andrew Frayn
7. The Bookman, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Armistice - Jane Potter
8. 'Misunderstood ... mainly because of my Jewishness': Arthur Schnitzler after the First World War - Max Haberich
9. Leaping over shadows: Ernst Krenek and post-war Vienna - Peter Tregear
10. Silence recalled in sound: British classical music and the Armistice - Kate Kennedy
11. Sacrifice defeated: the Armistice and depictions of victimhood in German women's art 1918-24 - Claudia Siebrecht
12. 'Remembering, we forget': British art at the Armistice - Michael Walsh
13. Indecisive victory?: German and British soldiers at the Armistice - Alexander Watson
14. Mixing memory and desire: British and German war memorials after 1918 - Adrian Barlow
Notes on contributors


Trudi Tate is a Fellow of Clare Hall and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

Kate Kennedy is a Research Fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge

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