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Objects of War: The Material Culture of Conflict and Displacement

Leora Auslander and Tara Zahra


Historians have become increasingly interested in material culture as both a category of analysis and as a teaching tool. What new insights can historians gain about the past by thinking about things? A central object (and consequence) of modern warfare is the radical destruction and transformation of the material world. And yet we know little about the role of material culture in the history of war and forced displacement: objects carried in flight; objects stolen on battlefields; objects expropriated, reappropriated, and remembered. This book illuminates the ways in which people have used th ... More

Keywords: material culture, modern warfare, forced displacement, theft, pillaging, conquest, weapons, prisoners of war, extermination camp, refugees

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501720079
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501720079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leora Auslander, editor
University of Chicago

Tara Zahra, editor
University of Chicago

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