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- DescriptionThe Heritage of War is an interdisciplinary study of the ways in which heritage is mobilized in remembering war, and in reconstructing landscapes, political systems and identities after conflict. It examines the deeply contested nature of war heritage in a series of places and contexts, highlighting the modes by which governments, communities, and individuals claim validity for their own experiences of war, and the meanings they attach to them. From colonizing violence in South America to the United States' Civil War, the Second World War on three continents, gecide in Rwanda and continuing divisions in Europe and the Middle East, these studies bring us closer to the very processes of heritage production. The Heritage of War uncovers the histories of heritage: it charts the constant social and political construction of heritage sites over time, by a series of different agents, and explores the continuous reworking of meaning into the present. What are the forces of contingency, agency and political power that produce, define and sustain the heritage of war? How do particular versions of the past and particular identities gain legitimacy, while others are marginalised? In this book contributors explore the active work by which heritage is produced and reproduced in a series of case studies of memorialization, battlefield preservation, tourism development, private remembering and urban reconstruction. These are the acts of making sense of war; they are acts that continue long after violent conflict itself has ended.
- Author BiographyMartin Gegner is visiting professor at Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil, and director of the German Academic Exchange Service's (DAAD) centre in this city. His research interests lie in Politics and Sociology of Urban Heritage, Cultural Theory and Political Philosophy. Bart Ziino is a lecturer in history at Deakin University, Australia. His research interests include memory and commemoration of war, and private experiences of Australian civilians during the First World War. Recent publications include A Distant Grief: Australians, War Graves and the Great War (2007).
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication01/08/2010
- Series TitleKey Issues in Cultural Heritage
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note1 black & white illustrations, 37 black & white halftones, 5 black & white line drawings
- Weight612 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byBart Ziino,Martin Gegner
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