By David William Lloyd
In the aftermath of the nice warfare, a wave of holiday makers and pilgrims visited the battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of the battle. The cultural historical past of this ‘battlefield tourism' is chronicled during this soaking up and unique ebook, which exhibits how the phenomenon served to build reminiscence in Britain, in addition to in Australia and Canada. the writer demonstrates that prime and occasional tradition, culture and modernism, the sacred and the profane have been frequently inter-related, instead of polar opposites. some of the responses to the particular and imagined landscapes of battlefields are mentioned, in addition to bereavement and the way this used to be formed via gender, faith and the army event. person reminiscence and adventure mixed with nationalism and ‘imperial' id as strong forces informing the pilgrim adventure. yet this publication not just analyzes commute to battlefields, which unsurprisingly paralleled the expansion of the fashionable vacationer undefined; it additionally seems heavily on the transformation of nationwide struggle memorials into pilgrimage websites, and indicates how responses either to battlefields and memorials, which proceed to function effective symbols, developed within the years after the good War.
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47 However, there was no formal policy to preserve all the graves, and those which were located away from the main 42. H. ), ‘A Victorian Woman in the Crimea’, English Review, LIX (Oct. 1934), p. 468. 43. P. Longworth, The Unending Vigil: A History of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission 1917–1967 (London, 1967), p. 26. 44. S. Graham, Part of the Wonderful Scene: An Autobiography (London, 1964), p. 47. 45. J. S. Patterson, ‘A Patriotic Landscape: Gettysburg, 1863–1913’, Prospects, 7 (1982), pp.
181. 117. J. Bourke, Dismembering the Male: Men’s Bodies, Britain and the Great War (London, 1996), p. 155. 37 Battlefield Tourism ised by the Legion, the Ypres League and other ex-servicemen’s groups probably represented the minority who wished to relive their wartime experiences or to renew wartime bonds and comradeship. A further distinguishing characteristic of battlefield pilgrims and tourists was that they needed both the money and the time to be able to undertake a visit to France or Belgium.
136. Traveller’s Gazette, LX X (Mar. 1920), p. 3. ), p. 18. Field, CLXVIII (July 1936), p. 125. Mosse, Fallen Soldiers, pp. 152–6. Hansard, 117 HC Deb. 5s. 1 July 1919, p. 751. The Times, 5 Dec. 1919. 138 Unease at the presence of tourists on the battlefields was widely felt, and inf luenced travel companies and guidebooks. 140 One explanation for the growth of this fear of the tourist is the active role of the newspapers in promoting it. Many articles were published about the threat of desecration faced by Ypres.
Battlefield Tourism: Pilgrimage and the Commemoration of the Great War in Britain, Australia and Canada, 1919-1939 by David William Lloyd