The review gives an analysis of Christina Theodosiou scientiﬁ c monograph, “Le deuil inachevé. La commémoration de l’Armistice du 11 Novembre 1918 en France dans l’entre-deux-guerres”. The monograph is devoted to the problem of commemoration of the Armistice Day in France during the interwar period. The monograph examines the evolution of the celebration, particularly, its political meaning, symbols and rituals in the context of difﬁcult political and social situation in France after the First World War. This problem seems signiﬁcant, as it is one of the most important “lieu de memoire” both for the France in the interwar period and modern. C. Theodosiou answers the following questions: what are the cultural background of the cult of memory of fallen heroes? How the French government interpreted the need for commemorative practices of the Great War, and how veterans were considering these practices? What political debates accompanied the questions about the rules of the celebration, the symbolic meanings of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, minute of silence, etc.? C. Theodosiou believes that the Armistice Day of 1920 was born as a result of serious contradictions between the French political leaders and the veterans of the First World war and it couldn’t become a unifying and heroic event for the French society. Its heroic symbol vanished arbecause of Locarno era. An attempt to present the Armistice Day as a “road to the eternal peace in Europe” crashed because of popularity of right-wing radical forces and A. Hitler’s rise to power in Germany.
|Translated title of the contribution||Review on: Theodosiou C. Le deuil inachevé. La commémoration de l’Armistice du 11 Novembre 1918 en France dans l’entre-deux-guerres. Paris: Éditions de la Sorbonne, 2018. 320 p|
|Journal||Новое прошлое / The New Past|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
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