The Poppy: A Cultural History from Ancient Egypt to Flanders Fields to Afghanistan (American Remainders)

Author(s): Nicholas J. Saunders


Where the earth is churned, poppies grow. In the aftermath of the horrific trench warfare of the First World War, the poppy - sprouting across the killing fields of France and Belgium, then immortalized in John McCrae's moving poem - became a symbol of loss, remembrance, and redemption. Yet the poppy has been intricately entwined in human conflict, suffering, and spiritual cleansing for millennia. From the ancient Egyptian fights over prized dream-potions to the morphine addicts of the American Civil War, to the British entanglements in the Opium Wars with China and the struggle today to hold at bay Afghanistan's tribal narcotics trade, there is the poppy. Now, Nicholas Saunders shares the definitive history of this ever-enduring icon - a story that is at turns tragic, provocative, eye-opening, and, most essentially, uplifting.


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Nicholas J. Saunders is the author of more than twenty books and dozens of articles on archaeology and anthropology for publications including New Scientist and Nature, and has appeared on television documentaries made by the BBC and National Geographic, as well as an international range of independent television companies. He is the world's leading authority on the anthropology of the First World War, and among his books on this topic are Trench Art (2003), Matters of Conflict (2004) and Killing Time (2007). He has been British Academy Senior Research Fellow and then Reader in Anthropology at University College London, and has a five-year exhibition on First World War art at the 'In Flanders Fields Museum' in Ypres, Belgium.

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  • : 9781851687053
  • : Oneworld Publications
  • : Oneworld Publications
  • : October 2013
  • : 234mm X 156mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2013
  • : books

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  • : Nicholas J. Saunders
  • : Hardback
  • : 398.368335
  • : 320