The Bookman, the Times Literary Supplement and the Armistice
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This chapter considers how two important review publications, the Times Literary Supplement and the Bookman, characterised, debated and recorded both the Armistice itself and its consequences in the 1920s and 1930s. It explores what the editorials, advertisements and reviews featured these journals that tell about the ways the silence of 11 November 1918 was communicated to and interpreted for a reading public. The chapter provides how the hopes and disillusions of the peace were expressed in these journals and whether they bear out Eric Hobsbawm's later assertion that there was, in effect, a thirty-year war between 1914 and 1945. The Bookman contained reviews, advertisements, editorials on book trade issues and articles on literary subjects. Early on, in 1915, the Bookman canvassed the opinions of prominent writers about 'Life and Literature after the War'. The Times Literary Supplement was described as 'the surest guide to military and general literature'.

The silent morning

Culture and memory after the Armistice

Editors: Trudi Tate and Kate Kennedy


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