Thackeray's Waterloo: history and war in Vanity Fair
Hammond, Mary (2002) Thackeray's Waterloo: history and war in Vanity Fair. Literature and History, 11, (2), 19-38.
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Using contemporary writings about Waterloo gleaned from a number of primary sources, this paper places Vanity Fair in the context of what Eric Hobsbawm (1968) has described as a 'concentrated effort' on the part of the middle classes of the 1840s to `give themselves confidence and pride in their historic task' by `reshaping the institutions of Britain in a manner suitable to industrial capitalism'. It argues that one of the most crucial reshapings being carried out was the `official' history of war, and that it is a critique of this practice which lies at the heart of Thackeray's satire.
|Keywords:||william makepeace thackeray, vanity fair, battle of waterloo, critique of `official' war history|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PR English literature
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > English
|Date Deposited:||24 Sep 2007|
|Last Modified:||08 Jun 2012 12:18|
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