Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning

I have been listening lately to the lectures from John Merriman’s course on “European Civilization, 1648-1945” and found this guest lecture by Jay Winters especially interesting and informative. In it, he discusses the transition from relics as sites of remembrance from the dead to the use of names in place of actual physical remains. He traces this development to the especially high casualty rate during World War I and the many war dead whose remains could not be found after the war. I recommend giving the lecture a listen for the insight it offers into some of the many changes brought about by the world wars.

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