Crises of Commemoration: Cold War, Decolonization, and the bungled 1954 D-Day Commemoration

Smith, A. W. M. (2020) Crises of Commemoration: Cold War, Decolonization, and the bungled 1954 D-Day Commemoration. French History. ISSN 0269-1191 (In Press)

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In 1954, international dignitaries and veterans joined the commemoration of the Allied Landings on the beaches of Normandy, though not everything went according to plan. For the French organisers, chief amongst them Gaullist deputy Raymond Triboulet, the event was intended to communicate a unifying, pro-Allied message amidst a turbulent political climate. By June 1954, France had recently suffered a decisive defeat at Dien Bien Phu and was politically gripped by the divisive prospect of a European Defence Community. In debates over these crises, war memories surfaced and France’s experience of Occupation and Liberation enflamed passions. For many who attended the Normandy ceremony in 1954, the missteps of organisers created tension and upset, endangering Allied participation in the Paris Liberation ceremonies to follow. This moment of disjuncture illuminates how currents of memory, international diplomacy, decolonization, and broader Cold war tensions all intersected and influenced each other on the Normandy beaches.

Publication Type: Articles
Additional Information: Society for the Study of French History [Associate Organisation]
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DC France, Andorra, and Monaco
E History America > E11 America (General)
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > History
Depositing User: Andrew Smith
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2020 13:38
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2021 00:10

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