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Teaching the First World War
Teaching the First World War

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Session 4: Memory, representation and remembrance


This session was written by Vincent Trott.

This session focuses on the representation, commemoration and memory of the First World War and discusses how these topics can be used to develop students’ ability in analysing unconventional primary sources.

Two hours of study materials

This session contains approximately two hours of study materials and additional suggestions of materials to use in the classroom. You’ll be able to put into practice some of the searching and assessing skills you’ve developed in Sessions 1 and 2.

If you have opted to sign up for JSTOR to use six free articles a month, then this will help you access some recent publications on this subject.

The section begins with an overview of the relevant historiography, before discussing how poems, paintings and war memorials can be analysed as primary sources. In each case, it provides sample exercises and answers. These focus primarily on Britain, but many of the exercises could also be applied to sources originating from other combatant nations.