Examine the ‘Memory of War’ in Twentieth Century Europe.

Examine the ‘memory of war’ in twentieth century Europe.
Wars and conflicts have been detailed and represented in many different formats over the centuries by almost every nation. From the early ancient periods of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians the most common form of preserving the memory of war was tableted in the form of art; from paintings to hieroglyphics. The most famous of all documented memory of warfare in European history is probably the Bayeux Tapestry which visually illustrated the events of the Norman Conquest. There are millions of paintings and art dedicated to the wars of their time and this along with poetic writings and diaries have moulded our knowledge and perspective of the memory of war.
However, as time went on and technology progressed, the twentieth century was by far the most advanced and boasted many different methods in preserving the memory of war. The industrial revolution led to the finest technology to become developed such as the camera as well as the common format of literature and writing. Education had developed rapidly, with many people possessing the ability to write and produce their own documented opinions and diaries.
The twentieth century has by far in comparison to previous eras, boasted the largest and most atrocious wars ever documented such as WWI, WWII and the Cold War.   The fact that we are in the twenty first century where modern warfare is directly in our attention; for example the War on Terror, The war on Iraq and Afghanistan; we are able to relate as the memories of the previous wars of the twentieth century still carry the same wounds and are instilled in our minds. There is somebody we know whose forefathers, and even our own, have fought in wars and the preservation of those wars are all around us; surrounding us in our day to day lives.
Written and spoken words are a common form of preservation of the memory of war as there are still many veterans today whom we are able to obtain first-hand...