The Great War and Modern Memory - The Troglodyte World Summary & Analysis

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The Troglodyte World Summary and Analysis

"The idea of 'the trenches' has been assimilated so successfully by metaphor and myth ('Georgian complacency died in the trenches') that it is not easy now to recover a feeling for the actualities. Entrenched, in an expression like entrenched power, has been a dead metaphor so long that we must bestir ourselves to recover its literal sense" (Chap. 2, p. 36). There was a trench system that moved very little from the winter of 1914 until the spring of 1918. It moved only a few miles in either direction during that time period. There were trenches running through France and Belgium for about four hundred miles. This was known as the British Line and there were thousands of miles of trenches in total in this area. Many pieces of art and architecture were destroyed in the war.

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