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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: October 2002
Keywords: william makepeace thackeray, vanity fair, battle of waterloo, critique of `official' war history


Local EPrints ID: 48443
ISSN: 0306-1973
PURE UUID: 5f8f69fd-4593-40d5-94a6-25fff6566484

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Date deposited: 24 Sep 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:59

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