Soldiers and Military Relics n the frontier and elsewhere, war has been a place where heroes are made. Through its collections the Smithsonian has paid tribute to many Americans who fought to establish and defend the country, ...


Publisher: Smithsonian

ISBN: 9781560988861

Category: History

Page: 257

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The Smithsonian Institution has been America's museum since 1846. What do its vast collections -- from the ruby slippers to a piece of Plymouth Rock, first ladies' gowns to patchwork quilts, a Model T Ford to a customized Ford LTD low rider -- tell Americans about themselves? In this lavishly illustrated guide to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick tell the stories behind more than 250 of the museum's treasures, many of them never before photographed for publication. These stories not only reveal what America as a nation has decided to save and why but also speak to changing visions of national identity. As the authors demonstrate, views of history change over time, methods of historical investigation evolve and improve, and America's understanding of the past matures. Shifts in focus and attitude lie at the hearth of Legacies, which is organized around four concepts of what a national museum of history can be: a treasure house, a shrine to the famous, a palace of progress, and a mirror of the nation. Thus, the museum collects cherished or precious objects, houses celebrity memorabilia, documents technological advances, and reflects visitors' own lives. Taking examples from science and technology, politics, decorative arts, military history, ethnic heritage, popular culture and everyday life, the authors provide historical context for the work of the Smithsonian and shed new light on what is important, and who is included, in American history. Throughout its history, Lubar and Kendrick conclude, the museum has played a vital role in both shaping and reflecting America's sense of itself as a nation.
Categories: History

Conceiving Strangeness in British First World War Writing

Conceiving Strangeness in British First World War Writing

... 3 mud and bodies in trench warfare, 15–17, 19, 21, 26–7, 30–3 multiple meanings for Indian soldiers, 40–1, 42, 43–4 Muggeridge, Malcolm, 86 Muirhead, Findlay: Belgium and the Western Front, 58, 59 munitions as relics of war, ...

Author: C. Buck

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137471659

Category: History

Page: 249

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This book reframes British First World War literature within Britain's history as an imperial nation. Rereading canonical war writers Siegfried Sassoon and Edmund Blunden, alongside war writing by Enid Bagnold, E. M. Forster, Mulk Raj Anand, Roly Grimshaw and others, the book makes clear that the Great War was more than a European war.
Categories: History

The Nigeria Biafra War

The Nigeria Biafra War

In southeastern Nigeria, the ravages and relics of warfare arecommonplace. In Umuahia, nowthe capital ofAbia State—a citythat was onceusedas the Biafran war headquarters—a war museum was built to preserve some of the artifacts ofwar for ...


Publisher: Cambria Press

ISBN: 9781621968238



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Sacred Relics

Sacred Relics

The South's earliest monuments commemorating the war continued the tradition of memory as mourning. As Gaines Foster points out, ... Relics of the war played a crucial role in the Lost Cause because, like relics more generally, ...

Author: Teresa Barnett

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226059747

Category: History

Page: 272

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A piece of Plymouth Rock. A lock of George Washington’s hair. Wood from the cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born. Various bits and pieces of the past—often called “association items”—may appear to be eccentric odds and ends, but they are valued because of their connections to prominent people and events in American history. Kept in museum collections large and small across the United States, such objects are the touchstones of our popular engagement with history. In Sacred Relics, Teresa Barnett explores the history of private collections of items like these, illuminating how Americans view the past. She traces the relic-collecting tradition back to eighteenth-century England, then on to articles belonging to the founding fathers and through the mass collecting of artifacts that followed the Civil War. Ultimately, Barnett shows how we can trace our own historical collecting from the nineteenth century’s assemblages of the material possessions of great men and women.
Categories: History

Cultural Property and Contested Ownership

Cultural Property and Contested Ownership

The first case concerns the relics of the Magi kept in Cologne Cathedral, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996. These relics are the result of what is called in today's phrasing “war booty” or “pillage”.

Author: Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317281832

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

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Against the backdrop of international conventions and their implementation, Cultural Property and Contested Ownership explores how highly-valued cultural goods are traded and negotiated among diverging parties and their interests. Cultural artefacts, such as those kept and trafficked between art dealers, private collectors and museums, have become increasingly localized in a ‘Bermuda triangle’ of colonialism, looting and the black market, with their re-emergence resulting in disputes of ownership and claims for return. This interdisciplinary volume provides the first book-length investigation of the changing behaviours resulting from the effect of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. The collection considers the impact of the Convention on the way antiquity dealers, museums and auction houses, as well as nation states and local communities, address issues of provenance, contested ownership, and the trafficking of cultural property. The book contains a range of contributions from anthropologists, lawyers, historians and archaeologists. Individual cases are examined from a bottom-up perspective and assessed from the viewpoint of international law in the Epilogue. Each section is contextualised by an introductory chapter from the editors.
Categories: Social Science

Battlefield Events

Battlefield Events

that is, the identification, registration, conservation and interpretation of the physical relics of war on battlefield sites. Although not the principal interest of this chapter, it should be acknowledged that war museums separated ...

Author: Keir Reeves

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317478997

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 270

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Battlefield Events: Landscape, Commemoration and Heritage is an investigative and analytical study into the way in which significant landscapes of war have been constructed and imagined through events over time to articulate specific narratives and denote consequence and identity. The book charts the ways in which a number of landscapes of war have been created and managed from an events perspective, and how the processes of remembering (along with silencing and forgetting) at these places has influenced the management of these warscapes in the present day. With chapters from authors based in seven different countries on three continents and comparative case studies, this book has a truly international perspective. This timely longitudinal analysis of war commemoration events, the associated landscapes, travel to these destinations and management strategies will be valuable reading for all those interested in war landscapes and events.
Categories: Business & Economics

Memory Masculinity and National Identity in British Visual Culture 1914 930

 Memory  Masculinity and National Identity in British Visual Culture  1914 930

7 By contrast, the 'solid exhibits', as The Times described the war relics, provided the 'text' out of which the 'history of the war in concrete hieroglyphs' could be written. 8 At the luncheon that followed the opening, ...

Author: Gabriel Koureas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351558556

Category: Art

Page: 232

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With its specific focus on British representations of masculinity in relation to the trauma of the First World War and notions of national identity, class and sexuality, this book provides a much needed addition to the historiography of visual culture during the period. The study interrogates the complications arising out of issues of trauma, cultural expressions of sexuality and affect, as well as the ways in which these are encoded in diverse forms in visual culture and commemorative objects. Concentrating on masculinity and cultural memory, it investigates the ways in which these and the web of power relations that they entail worked during the interwar years in order to reconstruct the post-First World War British society. In the course of the narrative, the author looks at Bolshevism and the Returning Ex-Servicemen, the 1919 NUR Strike, the Central Labour College in conjunction with banners and revolution, as well as the Imperial War Graves, the Cenotaph, the London and North Western Railway memorial, the Machine Gun Corps Memorial and the establishment of the Imperial War Museum. He also excavates new archival material, particularly case studies of shell shock sufferers and film footage of male hysteria.
Categories: Art

Hong Kong History

Hong Kong History

... Lai also employed surveying methods to study some of the engagements during the Battle of Hong Kong.51 Recently, ... a considerably popular topic for local military and hiking enthusiasts.53 Relics of war could be found in places ...

Author: Man-Kong Wong

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811628061

Category: Political Science

Page: 284

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This book aims at providing an accessible introduction to and summary of the major themes of Hong Kong history that has been studied in the past decades. Each chapter also suggests a number of key historical figures and works that are essential for the understanding of a particular theme. However, the book is by no means merely a general survey of the recent studies of Hong Kong history; it tries to suggest that the best way to approach Hong Kong history is to put it firmly in its international context.
Categories: Political Science

A Thousand Points of Truth

A Thousand Points of Truth

Why would anyone care about some old soldier's “war relic” even if he wrote to the papers about it? There were lots of old soldiers—and even more “war relics.” And for that reason, the press wouldn't be bothered, unless the old soldier ...

Author: V. P. Hughes

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781524527174

Category: History

Page: 862

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My interest in Colonel John Singleton Mosby began in 1950. However, it wasn’t until 2002 that it led to extensive research on the subject, centered upon newspaper reports on the man begun during the Civil War and continued throughout—and even after—his life. And while I rejected Virgil Carrington Jones’s observation on Mosby, contained in the preface of this work, I did not contemplate writing this book until an even more disparaging observation came to my attention during my research. The comment was contained in an article in the Ponchatoula Times of May 26, 1963, as part of a six-article series written by Bernard Vincent McMahon, entitled The Gray Ghost of the Confederacy. Mr. McMahon, in turn, based his comment upon General Omar Bradley’s judgment of what might have been the postwar life of General George Patton: “Now substitute Mosby for General Patton in the book ‘A General’s Life,’ by Omar Bradley . . . ‘I believe it was better for General Patton [Mosby] and his professional reputation that he died when he did . . . He would have gone into retirement hungering for the old limelight, beyond doubt indiscreetly sounding off on any subject anytime, any place. In time he would have become a boring parody of himself—a decrepit, bitter, pitiful figure, unwittingly debasing the legend’” (emphasis mine). McMahon, however, only proffered in his writings the widely accepted view of John Mosby held by many, if not most. However, like General Ulysses S. Grant, I have come to know Colonel Mosby rather more intimately through the testimony of countless witnesses over a span of 150 years, and I believe that it is time for those who deeply respect John Mosby the soldier to now also respect John Mosby the man. A century ago, the book of John Singleton Mosby’s life closed. It is my hope that this book will validate the claim he made during that life that he would be vindicated by time. V. P. Hughes
Categories: History

The Tokyo Trial Justice and the Postwar International Order

The Tokyo Trial  Justice  and the Postwar International Order

5.4 Article 17 of the IMTFE Charter did not allow for the premature release of Class A war criminals. Already in the 1950s, ... In 1946, the GHQ Government Section, headed by 106 A. BABOVIC The San Francisco Peace Treaty and Relics of War.

Author: Aleksandra Babovic

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789811334771

Category: History

Page: 178

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Fully utilizing the latest archival material, this book provides a comprehensive, multi-dimensional and nuanced understanding of the Tokyo Tribunal by delving into the temporal aspects that extended the relevance and reverberations of the Tribunal beyond its end in 1948. With this as a backdrop, this book contributes to the study of Japanese postwar diplomacy. It shows the Tokyo Tribunal is still very much an experiment in progress, and how the process itself has helped Japan to quickly shed its imperial past and remain ambiguous as to its war responsibilities. From a wider vantage point, this book augments the existing scholarship of international criminal law and justice, offering a clear framework as to the limits of what international criminal tribunals can accomplish and offers a must-read for academics and students as well as for practitioners, journalists and policymakers interested in international criminal law and US-Japanese diplomatic history,
Categories: History