1st Edition

Rediscovering the Great War Archaeology and Enduring Legacies on the Soča and Eastern Fronts

Edited By Uroš Košir, Matija Črešnar, Dimitrij Mlekuž Copyright 2019
    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 64 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Great War was a turning point of the twentieth century, giving birth to a new, modern, and industrial approach to warfare that changed the world forever. The remembrance, awareness, and knowledge of the conflict and, most importantly, of those who participated and were affected by it, altered from country to country, and in some cases has been almost entirely forgotten.

    New research strategies have emerged to help broaden our understanding of the First World War. Multidisciplinary approaches have been applied to material culture and conflict landscapes, from archive sources analysis and aerial photography to remote sensing, GIS and field research. Working within the context of a material and archival understanding of war, this book combines papers from different study fields that present interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches towards researching the First World War and its legacies, with particular concentration on the central and eastern European theatres of war.

    List of Figures

    Series Introduction: Nicholas J Saunders and Paul Cornish.

    Series Editors’ Preface: Paul Cornish and Nicholas J Saunders.

    List of Contributors

    Introduction: Uroš Košir, Matija Črešnar, Dimitrij Mlekuž.

    Chapter 1: The Italian Front on the Soča (Isonzo): A British Officers’ military

    tour in 1923. Michael Relph and Nicholas J Saunders.

    Chapter 2: Aerial Photography in the Great War: Development in the Austro-Hungarian Airforce. Matjaž Ravbar.

    Chapter 3: Digitising the Great War in 3D: The Remains of the Soča Front, Slovenia. Seta Štuhec and Uroš Košir.

    Chapter 4: On the Border: Perspectives on Memory Landscapes between Slovenia

    and Italy. Miha Kozorog.

    Chapter 5: Constructing the Italian Border: The First World War in the East of

    the Country. Sergio Zilli.

    Chapter 6: Between tourism and oblivion: Rombon and Kolovrat - conflict

    landscapes on the Soča Front, 1915-2017. Uroš Košir, Nicholas J. Saunders, Matija Črešnar, Gašper Rutar.

    Chapter 7: Fortifying the Carpathians: Austro-Hungarian Defences in

    contemporary Eastern Slovakia. Jiří Zubalík, Jakub Těsnohlídek, Jan Petřík, Richard Bíško, Martin Fojtík, Martin Vojtas, Jiří Kadlec, Libor Petr, Radim Kapavík, Peter Tajkov and Martin Drobňák.

    Chapter 8: An Archaeology of 'No Man's Land': The Great War in Central

    Poland. Anna Zalewska, Jacek Czarnecki.

    Chapter 9: Archaeologies of memory – archaeologies of oblivion: The Great War

    in south-eastern Poland. Kamil Karski, Tomasz Tokarczyk.

    Chapter 10: First World War exhumations at Zdziary (south-east Poland):

    An Anthropological perspective on soldiers' mass graves.

    Joanna Rogóż.

    Chapter 11: Legacies of the Soča Front - From Rubbish to Heritage (1915-2017). Uroš Košir.

    Chapter 12: Immovable cultural heritage of the Soča Front: Legal protection and

    conservation. Ernesta Drole.

    Chapter 13: The Heritage of the Soča Front and Collective Memory. Marko Štepec.

    Chapter 14: Heroes and little people: Modern museological approaches in

    interpreting subjects of war - a perspective from the East.

    Verena Perko.



    Uroš Košir is an archaeologist interested in modern conflict archaeology, mostly in the First and Second World War conflict landscapes of Slovenia and their numerous legacies, especially the material culture.

    Matija Črešnar is assistant professor at the Department of Archaeology (Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana), specializing initially in the Bronze and Iron Ages of Central and south-eastern Europe, with further interests in Landscape Archaeology, Conflict Archaeology and Protection of Cultural Heritage. He is also a conservator at the Centre for Preventive Archaeology (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia).

    Dimitrij Mlekuž currently works at the Centre for Preventive Archaeology as a landscape archaeologist specialised in remote sensing, and as an assistant professor at the University of Ljubljana where he teaches courses on landscape archaeology, geographical information systems and remote sensing.