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Description - Trench Art by Nicholas J. Saunders

Engraved shell-cases, bullet-crucifixes, letter openers and cigarette lighters made of shrapnel and cartridges, miniature aeroplanes and tanks, talismanic jewellery, embroidery, objects carved from stone, bone and wood - all of these things are trench art, The misleading name given To The dazzling array of objects made from the waste of war, In particular the Great War of 1914-1918 And The inter-war years. And they are the subject of Nicholas Saunders's pioneering study which is now republished in a revised edition in paperback. He reveals the lost world of trench art, For every piece relates To The story of the momentous experience of its maker - whether front-line soldier, prisoner of war, or civilian refugee. The objects resonate with the alternating terror and boredom of war, and those created by the prisoners symbolize their struggle for survival in the camps. Many of these items were poignant souvenirs bought by battlefield pilgrims between 1919 and 1939 and kept brightly polished on mantelpieces, often for a lifetime. Nicholas Saunders investigates their origins and how they were made, exploring their personal meaning and cultural significance. He also offers an important categorization of types which will be a useful guide for collectors. AUTHOR: Dr. Saunders is a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, and between 1998-2001 he was British Academy Senior Research Fellow and made a pioneering anthropological study of trench art. He specializes in the study of the archaeology, material culture, and cultural memory of Twentieth Century conflict, focusing on the WWI. SELLING POINTS: Pioneering study of the trench art created during and after the Great War Insight into the experience of the soldiers, prisoners and civilians who made these souvenirs of war Explores the cultural significance of these objects and explains how they were made Classifies them according to type and material ILLUSTRATIONS: 100 photos

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781848846371
ISBN-10: 1848846371
Format: Paperback / softback
(216mm x 138mm x 0mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Oct-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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