Battlefield Tourism: Pilgrimage and the Commemoration of the Great War in Britain, Australia and…

Paperback | September 1, 1998

byDavid William, Lloyd, David William

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In the aftermath of the Great War, a wave of tourists and pilgrims visited the battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of the war. The cultural history of this 'battlefield tourism' is chronicled in this absorbing and original book, which shows how the phenomenon served to construct memory in Britain, as well as in Australia and Canada. The author demonstrates that high and low culture, tradition and modernism, the sacred and the profane were often inter-related, rather than polar opposites. The various responses to the actual and imagined landscapes of battlefields are discussed, as well as bereavement and how this was shaped by gender, religion and the military experience. Individual memory and experience combined with nationalism and 'imperial' identity as powerful forces informing the pilgrim experience.But this book not only analyzes travel to battlefields, which unsurprisingly paralleled the growth of the modern tourist industry; it also looks closely at the transformation of national war memorials into pilgrimage sites, and shows how responses both to battlefields and memorials, which continue to serve as potent symbols, evolved in the years after the Great War.

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In the aftermath of the Great War, a wave of tourists and pilgrims visited the battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of the war. The cultural history of this 'battlefield tourism' is chronicled in this absorbing and original book, which shows how the phenomenon served to construct memory in Britain, as well as in Australia and Canad...

David William Lloyd was formerly of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5 × 1 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Bloomsbury

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ISBN - 10:1859731791

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Tourism and Pilgrimage, 1860-1939 2. 'Just What 'Ave We Won?' Pilgrimages to the Cenotaph and the Grave of the Unknown Warrior 3. 'Murder on Show'? Travel to the Battlefields of the Great War 4. 'A Deeper Awareness of the War and its Import': Pilgrimages to the Battlefields of the Great War 5. Tourism, Pilgrimage and the Commemoration of the Great War in Australia and Canada, 1919-1939 Conclusion Bibliography Index

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This book makes a valuable contribution to the literature on the meaning and politics of commemorative processes after the First World War ... Battlefield Tourism is a welcome addition to the important 'Legacy of the Great War' series under the general editorship of Jay Winter.