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Military Pilgrimage and Battlefield Tourism

Commemorating the Dead, 1st Edition

Edited by John Eade, Mario Katić


164 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Military Pilgrimage and Battlefield Tourism is the first volume to bring together a detailed analysis of professional military pilgrimage with other forms of commemorating military conflict. The volume looks beyond the discussion of battlefield tourism undertaken primarily by civilians which has dominated research until now through an analysis of the relationship between religious, military and civilian participants. Drawing on a comparative approach towards what has mostly been categorised as secular pilgrimage, dark tourism/thanatourism, military and religious tourism, and re-enactment, the contributors explore the varied ways in which memory, material culture and rituals are performed at particular places. The volume also engages with the debate about the extent to which western definitions of pilgrimage and tourism, as well as such related terms as religion, sacred and secular, can be applied in non-western contexts.

Table of Contents

1 Commemorating the Dead: Military Pilgrimage and Battlefield Tourism

John Eade and Mario Katić


Part I: Military Pilgrimage Commemoration and Reconciliation

2 Healing Social and Physical Bodies: Lourdes and Military Pilgrimage

John Eade

3 Pilgrimage for Anglo-Japanese Reconciliation: Reinterpreting the Past by British Second World War Veterans

Kyoko Murakami

4 KFOR soldiers as pilgrims in Kosovo: Black Madonna in Letnica

Biljana Sikimić

5 'Maple Leaf Up’: Patriotic, Historical, and Spiritual Aspects of Canadian Armed Forces Participation in the Nijmegen March

Michael Peterson


Part II: Military Pilgrimages, Battlefield Tourism and Contestation

6 Military Pilgrimage to Bobovac: A Bosnian ‘Sacred Place’

Mario Katić

7 Military Tourism as State-Effect in the Sri Lankan Civil War

Rohan Bastin and Premakumara de Silva

8 Sanctified Past. The Pilgrimages of Polish Re-enactors to World War II Battlefields

Kamila Baraniecka-Olszewska


Part III Afterword

9 Sacred Secular Sites and their Visitors

Robert M. Hayden

About the Editors

John Eade is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Roehampton, UK, Visiting Professor at the Department for the Study of Religion, Toronto University and co-founder of the Routledge Studies in Pilgrimage, Religious Travel and Tourism series. His research interests focus on the anthropology of pilgrimage, global migration and urban ethnicity. Relevant publications include (edited with M. Sallnow, 1991) Contesting the Sacred, (edited with S. Coleman, 2004) Reframing Pilgrimage, (edited with M. Katic, 2014) Pilgrimage, Politics and Place-Making in Eastern Europe, (edited with D. Albera, 2015) International Perspectives on Pilgrimage Studies and (edited with D. Albera, 2017) New Pathways in Pilgrimage Studies.

Mario Katic is Assistant Professor at University of Zadar, Croatia, Department of Ethnology and Anthropology. His main areas of interested are pilgrimage, folklore and death studies, urban anthropology and methodology of research. He is co-editor of Pilgrimage, Politics and Place-making in Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2014), Pilgrimage and Sacred Places in Southeast Europe: History, Religious Tourism and Contemporary Trends (Lit Verlag, 2014), and author of Death in Dalmatian Hinterland: Mirila from Ritual to Theatre (Naklada Ljevak, 2017).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Pilgrimage, Religious Travel and Tourism

The public prominence of religion has increased globally in recent years, while places associated with religion, such as pilgrimage centers, and famous cathedrals, temples and shrines, have attracted growing numbers of visitors and media attention. Such developments are part of a global process where different forms of travel – physical movement such as labor and lifestyle migration, tourism of various forms, the cultural heritage industry and pilgrimage – have become a major feature of the modern world. These translocal and transnational processes involve flows of not just people but also material objects, ideas, information, images and capital.

The public prominence of religion aligned to the modern growth of tourism (sometimes now claimed as the world’s single largest industry) has created a new dynamic relationship between religion, travel and tourism. It has been mirrored by expanding academic research in these areas over the last twenty years across a variety of disciplinary areas, ranging from anthropology, sociology, geography, history and religious studies to newly emergent areas such as tourism and migration studies. Such studies have also expanded exponentially in terms of the geographic spread of places, religions and regions being researched.

This series provides a new forum for studies based around these themes, drawing together research on the relationships between religion, travel and tourism. These include studies from global and cross-cultural perspectives of topics, such as:

  • commoditization and consumerism;
  • media representations of religion, travel and tourism;
  • heritage, tourism and the cultural politics of religious representation;
  • gender, sexuality and religious movements;
  • religion and travel writing;
  • ideological and violent struggles over religion and resistance to tourist intrusion;
  • inter-religious engagement;
  • religion, tourism, landscape and performance; and
  • thanatourism and pilgrimage to sites of suffering.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Death & Dying
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion