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Commemorating Race and Empire in the First World War Centenary$
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Ben Wellings and Shanti Sumartojo

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940889

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786940889.001.0001

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Marigolds and Poppies

Marigolds and Poppies

Commemorating ‘Indian’ War Dead

(p.39) Marigolds and Poppies
Commemorating Race and Empire in the First World War Centenary

Peter Stanley

Liverpool University Press

India is a nation in which paradoxically, the past is omnipresent but the age of any given structure can be annoyingly indeterminate. It is a place where the past can be both absolutely present and frustratingly remote; in which versions of the past co-exist; in which they can contend without necessary contradiction, though sometimes bringing risk of denunciation, controversy and even death. It is a culture in which layers of meaning and significance accrete around historical events – even historical events recorded in the daily newspaper. India takes its many pasts seriously – but can ignore aspects of its history in ways unthinkable in other societies. The Great War of 1914-1918 is an inescapable part of the history of Australia or New Zealand, and even in Britain remains a part of the currency of everyday speech and popular culture. In the nations of South Asia, by contrast, the Great War remains obscure and unimportant....

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