Readership: Students and scholars of modern British social and cultural history; general readers interested in how attitudes towards death have changed over the twentieth century.
Pat Jalland, Professor of History, Australian National University
Pat Jalland has been a Professor of History at the Australian National University since 1997. She has published in British women's history, Anglo-Irish history, and the history of death and bereavement in Australia and Britain. Her eight books include The Liberals and Ireland (1980); Women, Marriage, and Politics (1986), winner of the 1987 Western Australian Literary Award for non-fiction; Death in the Victorian Family (1996), winner of the New South Wales Premier's Prize for History, and Changing Ways of Death in 20th Century Australia (2006).
Review(s) from previous edition"An important historical contribution to the study of death and an informative account of how a country has handled far-reaching social challenge and change... Death in War and Peace succeeds in negotiating the gulf between scholarly and non-scholarly terrains, and for this Jalland must be commended. - Kate Woodthorpe, Times Higher Education
"Scholarly enterprise and historical flair have enabled Professor Jalland to rise above the limitations of the material... Death in War and Peace provides us with fresh, imaginative perspectives and compelling detail." - Paul Addison, Times Literary Supplement
"impressive and highly readable work" - Glennys Howarth, Social History of Medicine
"Jalland writes with the authority of a scholar who has spent many years researching her subject. This is a fine survey of a neglected topic, and it will surely remain as the standard work in the field for many years." - Adrian Bingham, English Historical Review
Part I: War and Peace 1914-1939
1: Death, the Great War and the influenza pandemic
2: Violet Cecil and communities in mourning
3: The Bickersteths' sacred pilgrimages to the Great War Cemeteries, 1919-1931
4: Death, disasters and rituals among the northern working classes, 1919-39
5: Sir Sydney Cockerell: cremation and the modern way of death in England
Part II: The Second World War
6: The people's war: Death in the blitz
7: Missing airmen and families in anguish: 'There could be no mourning'
8: Experiences of wartime grief
Part III: A changing culture of death and loss since 1945
9: Hidden death: Medicine and care of the dying, 1945 to 1970
10: Widowhood, grief and old age 1945-1963
11: Gorer's map of death: Declining rituals and prolonged sorrow, 1963
12: Observing grief: C.S. Lewis and the psychiatrists
13: Epilogue: Change and continuity since the 1970s