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

ISBN 9780367661410
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
278 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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.


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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 Crešnar 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.