Famous Battles and How They Shaped the Modern World 1588-1943: From the Armada to Stalingrad

Heuser, D. B. G. and Leoussi, A. S. (Eds.) (2018) Famous Battles and How They Shaped the Modern World 1588-1943: From the Armada to Stalingrad. Pen and Sword: Barnsley, South Yorkshire. ISBN 9781526727411

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Abstract

Why are some battles remembered more than others? Surprisingly, it is not just size that matters, nor the number of dead, the 'decisiveness' of battles or their effects on communities and civilisations. It is their political afterlife - the multiple meanings and political uses attributed to them - that determines their fame. This ground-breaking series goes well beyond military history by exploring the transformation of battles into sites of memory and meaning. Cast into epic myths of the fight of Good against Evil, of punishment for decadence or reward for virtue, of the birth of a nation or the collective assertion against a tyrant, the defence of Civilisation against the Barbarians, Christendom against the Infidel, particular battles have acquired fame beyond their immediate contemporaneous relevance. The great battles of modern history examined in this second volume range from the defeat of the Armada and the relief of Vienna, to Chatham, Culloden, Waterloo, Gettysburg, the Somme and Stalingrad. In each chapter, the historical events surrounding a battle form the backdrop for multiple later interpretations, which, consciously or unconsciously, carry political agendas, some for further bloodshed and sacrifice, but others for the more recent and laudable phenomenon of reconciliation over the graves of the dead.

Item Type:Edited Books
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heuser, Professor Donata Beatrice
Authors:
Subjects:D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DAW Central Europe
D History General and Old World > DB Austria
D History General and Old World > DC France
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN1187 Scotland
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Publisher:Pen and Sword
ISBN:9781526727411

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