Exhibiting War

Author: Jennifer Wellington
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107135079
Release Date: 2017-09-30
Genre: History

A comparative study of how museum exhibitions in Britain, Canada and Australia were used to depict the First World War.

War and Remembrance in the Twentieth Century

Author: Jay Winter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521794366
Release Date: 2000-08-27
Genre: Architecture

Collaborative volume examining how wars have been remembered in Europe, America and the Middle East.

War beyond Words

Author: Jay Winter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521873239
Release Date: 2017-06-30
Genre: Architecture

What we know of war is always mediated knowledge and feeling. We need lenses to filter out some of its blinding, terrifying light. These lenses are not fixed; they change over time, and Jay Winter's panoramic history of war and memory offers an unprecedented study of transformations in our imaginings of war, from 1914 to the present. He reveals the ways in which different creative arts have framed our meditations on war, from painting and sculpture to photography, film and poetry, and ultimately to silence, as a language of memory in its own right. He shows how these highly mediated images of war, in turn, circulate through language to constitute our 'cultural memory' of war. This is a major contribution to our understanding of the diverse ways in which men and women have wrestled with the intractable task of conveying what twentieth-century wars meant to them and mean to us.

Does War Belong in Museums

Author: Wolfgang Muchitsch
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 9783839423066
Release Date: 2013-02
Genre: Art

Presentations of war and violence in museums generally oscillate between the fascination of terror and its instruments and the didactic urge to explain violence and, by analysing it, make it easier to handle and prevent. The museums concerned also have to face up to these basic issues about the social and institutional handling of war and violence. Does war really belong in museums? And if it does, what objectives and means are involved? Can museums avoid trivializing and aestheticising war, transforming violence, injury, death and trauma into tourist sights? What images of shock or identification does one generate - and what images would be desirable?

Killing Time

Author: Nicholas Saunders
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 9780752476186
Release Date: 2011-11-08
Genre: History

At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the Great War stands at the furthest edge of living memory. There are a handful of men alive who fought in the trenches of the Somme and Flanders. Within their own lifetimes, their memories have become epic history. Hardly a month passes without some dramatic and sometimes tragic discovery being made along the killing fields of the Western Front. Poignant remains of British soldiers buried during battle and then forgotten - lying in rows arm in arm, or found crouching at the entrance to a dugout. Whole 'underground cities' of trenches, dugouts, and shelters, preserved in the mud of Flanders - with newspapers and blankets scattered where they were left. There are field hospitals carved out of the chalk country of the Somme, tunnels marked with graffiti by long dead hands, and tons of volatile bombs and gas canisters waiting to explode. Yet, while there are innumerable books on the history of the war, there is not a single book on its archaeology. Nicholas J. Saunders' new book is therefore unique. In an authoritative and accessible way, it would bring together widely scattered discoveries, and offer fresh insights into the human dimension of the war.

America and the Armenian Genocide of 1915

Author: Jay Winter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139450182
Release Date: 2004-01-08
Genre: History

Before Rwanda and Bosnia, and before the Holocaust, the first genocide of the twentieth century happened in Turkish Armenia in 1915, when approximately one million people were killed. This volume is an account of the American response to this atrocity. The first part sets up the framework for understanding the genocide: Sir Martin Gilbert, Vahakn Dadrian and Jay Winter provide an analytical setting for nine scholarly essays examining how Americans learned of this catastrophe and how they tried to help its victims. Knowledge and compassion, though, were not enough to stop the killings. A terrible precedent was born in 1915, one which has come to haunt the United States and other Western countries throughout the twentieth century and beyond. To read the essays in this volume is chastening: the dilemmas Americans faced when confronting evil on an unprecedented scale are not very different from the dilemmas we face today.

Matters of Conflict

Author: Nicholas J. Saunders
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415280532
Release Date: 2004
Genre: History

Matters of Conflict looks at the definitive invention of the twentieth century - industrialised war - and its vast and varied material legacy. From trench art and postcards through avant-garde art, museum collections and prosthetic limbs to battlefield landscapes, the book examines the First World War and its significance through the things it left behind. The contributions come from a multidisciplinary perspective, uniting previously compartmentalized disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, cultural history, museology and art history in their focus on material culture. This innovative, hybrid approach investigates the 'social life' of objects in order to understand them as they move through time and space and intersect the lives of all who came in contact with them. The resulting survey sets a new agenda for study of the First World War, and ultimately of all twentieth-century conflict.

Women in War

Author: Professor Kjersti Ericsson
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781472445179
Release Date: 2015-11-28
Genre: Law

This book examines what happens to women and gender relations in times of upheaval, and is based on the experience of Norway during World War II, as well as on wars both past and present in other parts of the world. The collection discusses the various roles of women during war and explores whether gendered cultural conceptions influence the way war is remembered and represented, both collectively and individually. The book also follows the struggle to bring women’s role in war and peacebuilding onto the international agenda.

Mobilizing the Russian Nation

Author: Melissa Stockdale
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107093867
Release Date: 2016-10-31
Genre: History

This study of Russian mobilization in the Great War explores how the war shaped national identity and conceptions of citizenship.

The Interpretation of Cultures

Author: Clifford Geertz
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465093564
Release Date: 2017-08-15
Genre: Social Science

In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association, helped define for an entire generation of anthropologists what their field is ultimately about.

New Museum Theory and Practice

Author: Janet Marstine
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781405148825
Release Date: 2008-04-15
Genre: Business & Economics

New Museum Theory and Practice is an original collection of essays with a unique focus: the contested politics and ideologies of museum exhibition. Contains 12 original essays that contribute to the field while creating a collective whole for course use. Discusses theory through vivid examples and historical overviews. Offers guidance on how to put theory into practice. Covers a range of museums around the world: from art to history, anthropology to music, as well as historic houses, cultural centres, virtual sites, and commercial displays that use the conventions of the museum. Authors come from the UK, Canada, the US, and Australia, and from a variety of fields that inform cultural studies.

The Great War on the Small Screen Representing the First World War in Contemporary Britain

Author: Emma Hanna
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748633906
Release Date: 2009-10-20
Genre: Performing Arts

In Britain since the 1960s television has been the most influential medium of popular culture. Television is also the site where the Western Front of popular culture clashes with the Western Front of history.This book examines the ways in which those involved in the production of historical documentaries for this most influential media have struggled to communicate the stories of the First World War to British audiences. Documents in the BBC Written Archives Centre at Caversham, Berkshire, the Imperial War Museum, and the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives all inform the analysis. Interviews and correspondence with television producers, scriptwriters and production crew, as well as two First World War veterans who appeared in several recent documentaries provide new insights for the reader.Emma Hanna takes the reader behind the scenes of the making of the most influential documentaries from the landmark epic series The Great War (BBC, 1964) up to more recent controversial productions such as The Trench (BBC, 2002) and Not Forgotten: The Men Who Wouldn't Fight (BBC, 2008). By examining the production, broadcast and reception of a number of British television documentaries this book examines the difficult relationship between the war's history and its popular memory.

British Art and the First World War 1914 1924

Author: James Fox
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781316368916
Release Date: 2015-07-30
Genre: History

The First World War is usually believed to have had a catastrophic effect on British art, killing artists and movements, and creating a mood of belligerent philistinism around the nation. In this book, however, James Fox paints a very different picture of artistic life in wartime Britain. Drawing on a wide range of sources, he examines the cultural activities of largely forgotten individuals and institutions, as well as the press and the government, in order to shed new light on art's unusual role in a nation at war. He argues that the conflict's artistic consequences, though initially disruptive, were ultimately and enduringly productive. He reveals how the war effort helped forge a much closer relationship between the British public and their art - a relationship that informed the country's cultural agenda well into the 1920s.