1st Edition

Conflict Landscapes
Materiality and Meaning in Contested Places

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ISBN 9780367690199
June 25, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
432 Pages 126 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Conflict Landscapes explores the long under-acknowledged and under-investigated aspects of where and how modern conflict landscapes interact and conjoin with pre-twentieth century places, activities, and beliefs, as well as with individuals and groups.

Investigating and understanding the often unpredictable power and legacies of landscapes which have seen (and often still viscerally embody) the consequences of mass death and destruction, the book shows, through these landscapes, the power of destruction to preserve, refocus, and often reconfigure the past. Responding to the complexity of modern conflict the book offers a coherent, integrated, and sensitized hybrid approach which calls on different disciplines where they overlap in a shared common terrain. Dealing with issues such as memory, identity, emotion, and wellbeing the chapters tease out the human experience of modern conflict and its relationship to landscape.

Conflict Landscapes will appeal to a wide range of disciplines involved in studying conflict such as archaeology, anthropology, material culture studies, art history, cultural history, cultural geography, military history, and heritage and museum studies.

Table of Contents


Paul Cornish and Nicholas J Saunders

Part I: The First World War

1.The Dead and Their Spaces: Origins and Meanings in Modern Conflict Landscapes.

Nicholas J Saunders

2.Cutting the Landscape: Investigating the 1917 Battlefield of the Messines Ridge.

Simon Verdegem

3.Garden Landscapes of the Great War

Jeffrey S. Reznick

4.Conflict Gas-scape: Chemical Weapons on the Eastern Front, January, 1915.

Anna Izabella Zalewska and Jacek Czarneck

5.Controversy in the Julian Alps: Erwin Rommel, Landscape, and 12th Battle of the Soča/Isonzo. Alexander J. Potočnik

6.First World Landscapes on the Alpine Frontline: New Technologies Between Wish and (Augmented) Reality.

Alessandro Bezzi, Luca Bezzi, Rupert Gietl, Giuseppe Naponiello

7.Engaging Military Heritage: The Conflict Landscape of Val Canale, Italy.

Anita Pinagli, Volker Pachauer and Alexander J. Potočnik

8.Conflict, Mobility and Landscapes: The Arab Revolt in Southern Jordan, 1916-1918.

John Winterburn

9.Life and Death in a Conflict Landscape: Visitor and Local Perspectives From the Western Front. Paola Filippucci

Part II: The Second World War

10.Who Owns the ‘wilderness’? Indigenous Second World War Landscapes in Sápmi, Finnish Lapland.

Oula Seitsonen and Gabriel Moshenska

11.Operation Northern Light: Remote Sensing a Second World War Conflict Landscape in Northern Finland.

Birger Stichelbaut, Suzie Thomas, Oula Seitsonen, Wouter Gheyle, Guy De Mulder, Ville Hemminki, Gertjan Plets

12.Power of Place and Landscape: The Us 10th Mountain Division, From Colorado to the Apennines.

John M Scott

13.War in the Normandy Bocage: British Perceptions and Memory of a Militarized Landscape.

Paul Cornish

14.Archaeology of D-day and of the Battle of Normandy: ‘the Longest Day’, Landscape of Myth and Materiality.

Vincent Carpentier, Emmanuel Ghesquière, Benoît Labbey, Cyril Marcigny

15.‘An Example of Nazi Kultur’: Paradigmatic and Contested Materiality at Bergen-belsen Concentration Camp.

Caroline Sturdy Colls and William Mitchell

16. Campscapes and Homescapes of the Mind’s Eye: A Methodology for Analysing the Landscapes of Internment Camps.

Gilly Carr

Part III: Beyond World Wars

17.Imagining Maritime Conflict Landscapes: Reactive Exhibitions, Sovereignty and Representation in Vietnam.

Graeme Were

18.People, Barriers, Movement and Art: Contested Sandscapes of Western Sahara.

Salvatore Garfi

19.A Parthian City in the Iran-iraq War: Incorporating the Ancient Site of Charax Spasinou Into a Modern Conflict Landscape.

Mary Shepperson

20.Abstract Landscapes: Learning to operate in conflict space

Mark A. Burchell

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Nicholas J. Saunders is Professor of Material Culture at Bristol University, UK, and co-director of the ‘Great Arab Revolt Project‘. Between 1998 and 2004, he was British Academy Senior Research Fellow at University College London, making the first anthropological study of the material culture of the First World War.

Paul Cornish is a Senior Curator at the Imperial War Museum. He is currently working on the creation of a new permanent Second World War gallery to open in 2021, having previously been involved with the construction of the First World War gallery which opened in 2014.