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The Poppy A Cultural History from Ancient Egypt to Flanders Fields to Afghanistan by Nicholas J. Saunders
  

The Poppy A Cultural History from Ancient Egypt to Flanders Fields to Afghanistan

History   The Real World   

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Our most obvious connection to the Poppy is as an iconic symbol of the First World War. But as a narcotic, its use reaches back to Ancient Egypt, its value attracting kings and empires, criminals, doctors and addicts. This humble flower, alas rarely seen nodding in corn fields nowadays, has touched and changed history in so many surprising ways – Nature’s dangerous gift.

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The Poppy A Cultural History from Ancient Egypt to Flanders Fields to Afghanistan by 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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'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

About the Author

Nicholas J. Saunders

Nicholas Saunders is the world's leading authority on the anthropology and archaeology of the First World War. His exhibition of trench art from the war was for five years a centrepiece of the 'In Flanders Fields Museum' in Ypres, Belgium. The author of more than twenty books and dozens of academic monographs, he has appeared in numerous documentaries for the BBC and National Geographic Channel.

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Publication date

17th October 2013

Author

Nicholas J. Saunders

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Publisher

Oneworld Publications

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

History
The Real World

Social & cultural history
Cultural studies
Trees, wildflowers & plants

ISBN

9781851687053

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