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The Great War in the British Museum: an "Imperial" History

di Jay Winter
in Memoria e Ricerca n.s. 7 (2001), p. 97

Focusing on the interaction between demographic trends and cultural institutions in inter-war Britain, this article provides an original contextualization of the Imperial War Museum as a quintessentially "imperial" war memorial. The museums' emphasis on the contribution of Imperial and Dominion forces to the victory, and on all the theaters of war made it comparatively original but also uniquely untimely vis à vis the uncoupling of British and Imperial history after 1918. In particular, the article concentrates on the direct correlation between the shrinking volume of museum visitors and immigrants from the Empire in 1920s and 1930s Britain.