The Poppy: A History of Conflict, Loss, Remembrance, and Redemption (Paperback)
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The Poppy: A History of Conflict, Loss, Remembrance, and Redemption (Paperback)

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The definitive history of the ever-enduring icon

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 worldwide icon. Yet the poppy has a longer history, as the tell-tale sign of human cultivation of the land, of the ravages of war, and of the desire to escape the earthly realm through opium dreams or morphine drips. From the ancient Egyptian fights over prized potions to the addicts of the American Civil War, to the British entanglements in the Opium Wars with China and the struggle to end Afghanistan's tribal narcotics trade, there is the poppy.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780744049
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Brilliantly researched and told... a saga with many surprising twists and turns'

-- Sir Roy Strong * The Garden *

'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 *

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“The Poppy”

Although there are around 250 species of poppy, the Remembrance Poppy – now recognised as a powerful symbol of both war and peace – originates from two particular species: the corn poppy and the opium poppy. While the... More

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“The Poppy”

From ancient uses of opium poppies for medicinal and more leisure-based uses, through the British smuggling opium to fund the Empire, to poppies early associations with battlefields at places such as Waterloo, the... More

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