Matters of Conflict: Material Culture, Memory and the First World War
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.
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MATERIAL CULTURE AND CONFLICT The Great War 19142003
ART MATERIAL LIFE AND DISASTER Civilian and military prisoners of war
SACRED RELICS Objects in the Imperial War Museum 191739
PROSTHESES AND PROPAGANDA Materiality and the human body in the Great War
NAGELFIGUREN Nailing patriotism in Germany 191418
SHATTERED EXPERIENCES RECYCLED RELICS Strategies of representation and the legacy of the Great War
THE GREAT WAR REREMEMBERED The fragmentation of the worlds largest painting
A MATERIAL LINK BETWEEN WAR AND PEACE First World War silk postcards
THANKS FOR THE MEMORY War memorials spectatorship and the trajectories of commemoration 19192001
THE LION THE ANGEL AND THE WAR MEMORIAL Some French sites revisited
THE INTERNET AND THE GREAT WAR The impact on the making and meaning of Great War history
THE OCEAN VILLAS PROJECT Archaeology in the service of European remembrance
AFTERMATH Materiality on the Home Front 19142001
DEATH AND MATERIAL CULTURE The case of pictures during the First World War
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