Poppyganda

The Historical and Social Impact of a Flower

Matthew Leonard

Poppyganda

Matthew Leonard

Distributed for Uniform Press

With a Foreword by Lt. Col. Alex Turner D. S. O.
120 pages | 20 color plates, 50 halftones | 5 1/3 x 7 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $22.95 ISBN: 9781910500163 Published March 2016 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
The poppy has been the enduring symbol of World War I since the years of the war itself, and it now embodies a century of ever-changing attitudes towards the world’s first global war. But the Great War didn’t represent the poppy’s first association with combat—long before 1914, it was seen as an emblem of war, both its heroism and its futility.

Poppyganda uncovers the history of the poppy and its relationship to warfare, showing how it has been used by various factions over the centuries to both justify and condemn war, and how it continues to be a potent symbol today, one that plays a part, both rueful and celebratory, in nearly every commemoration of World War I.
Contents
Foreword
Introduction
The Battle-zones of Modern War
A History of the Remembrance Poppy
The Twenty-first Century Western Front
The Future of the Past
Epilogue
Reference/Bibliography
Review Quotes
Journal of Military History
"Over the past century, British society has embraced the poppy as a symbol for remembering the First World War. In Poppyganda, Leonard reveals how such an object came to represent the contested memories of the conflict and its evolution as a part of material culture up to the present. With its vivid prose and excellent photographs and illustrations, Poppyganda should be of interest to the scholar and casual reader alike."
Centenary News
"An object to behold, filled with excellent quality photographs and images arranged artistically around the text. Poppyganda is a truly thought-provoking read."
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