When World War One ended in 1918, the people of Britain celebrated for three days. In this clip presenter Jeremy Paxman describes how, when the war ended, people took to the streets, lighting bonfires and tearing down war propaganda. However, soldiers in hospitals were more sober, and war memorials were already being erected across the country. Memorials celebrated victory but also sacrifice and loss, and were a way to ensure later generations would not forget the war. Jeremy also claims the war was not futile: it was unstoppable, and shaped modern Britain. Contemporary footage and a modern presenter report, about the reaction to the end of the war in both the short and long term. Contains scenes which may upset younger viewers. Teacher review prior to use in class is recommended.
- This clip is from:
- First broadcast:
- 5 March 2014
Could be used as a starter piece to study memorials for what they suggest about changing attitudes to war and social class after the war, in particular the acknowledgement of ordinary troops as never before.