The Poppy: A Cultural History from Ancient Egypt to Flanders Fields to Afghanistan Hardcover – 17 Oct 2013
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‘Saunders movingly presents the poppy in its beauty, its tragedy and its healing power as a potent symbol every year in our national and global remembrance of loss.’(Saga magazine)
'Saunders movingly presents the poppy in its beauty, its tragedy and its healing power as a potent symbol every year in our national and global remembrance of loss.' Saga Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Nicholas Saunders charts the history of the poppy - or more appropriately, two species of poppy, the red corn poppy and the white opium poppy. The two are often confused, and in the history of warfare have almost become inseparable, one a symbol of death and blood spilled, the other the source of pain-relief and the haze of forgetfulness. Corn poppies thrive in broken ground, partly why they grow in such profusion in battlefields, and opium poppies have been harvested for their narcoleptic effect for thousands of years. In the supreme example of the combining of the two, and in one of our more shameful historical episodes, the British Empire even fought a war over the right to profit from illegal opium sales in China.
Understandably the focus in this book is primarily on WW1 and the adoption of the red poppy as the official symbol of honour and remembrance, but it also focuses heavily on the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and especially the opium trade in the latter country.Read more ›
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Very pleased with the poppy, but very difficult to fit onto the rodPublished 20 months ago by David Guy
Brought as a present but had a quick glance. Looks good and i'd receommend if this was your type of read.Published on 15 July 2014 by jules
Really enjoyed this book - visited WWI battlefields last year - so had a good idea of what WWI was really likePublished on 12 May 2014 by flamingparrot4
This book kept me enthral led from the first page to the last. When I purchased the book it was not what I expected. Every one should read it.Published on 3 May 2014 by Mavis Thurston
What a fab book, gives an insight into the essence of the poppy as a symbol and why we feel they way we do about itPublished on 7 April 2014 by bookmag
learned so much about the poppy and how it came to be chosen as symbol of remembrance and how it is linked to opium poppyPublished on 17 Mar. 2014 by Dot H