Matters of Conflict
Material Culture, Memory and the First World War
By (author) Nicholas J. Saunders
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Matters of Conflict by Nicholas J. Saunders
Book DescriptionMatters 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415280549
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Nicholas J. Saunders
Nicholas J Saunders was formerly British Academy Senior Research Fellow investigating the anthropology of the First World War. He is currently Lecturer in Material Culture at the Department of Anthropology, University College London.
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