Battlefield Tourism: Pilgrimage and the Commemoration of the by David William Lloyd

By David William Lloyd

In the aftermath of the nice conflict, a wave of holiday makers and pilgrims visited the battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of the conflict. The cultural historical past of this ‘battlefield tourism' is chronicled during this soaking up and unique publication, which indicates how the phenomenon served to build reminiscence in Britain, in addition to in Australia and Canada. the writer demonstrates that prime and coffee tradition, culture and modernism, the sacred and the profane have been frequently inter-related, instead of polar opposites. many 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 through gender, faith and the army event. person reminiscence and event mixed with nationalism and ‘imperial' identification as strong forces informing the pilgrim event. yet this booklet not just analyzes shuttle to battlefields, which unsurprisingly paralleled the expansion of the fashionable vacationer undefined; it additionally appears to be like heavily on the transformation of nationwide struggle memorials into pilgrimage websites, and indicates how responses either to battlefields and memorials, which proceed to function powerful symbols, developed within the years after the nice War.

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646–52. 67 This imagery assisted in elevating travel to battlefields into a similar spiritual experience, particularly because the battlefield experience was equated with the via dolorosa of Christ. The distinguished British historian A. F. Pollard stated in a lecture that the ‘descent, the humiliation, and the suffering are not good things in themselves, but only as sacrifice. ’68 The link between the via dolorosa of the passion and the via sacra of pilgrimage was an easy one to make. 69 Finally, the example of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s address combined with the present example of France to provide a model for the sanctification of the battlefields and travel to them.

48 Although it was not comprehensive, the care which was taken of the soldiers’ graves in the Anglo-Boer war is indicative of the shift which had occurred in the decades since Waterloo. The Great War greatly accelerated this change, and significantly altered the way in which travel to its battlefields would be imagined and described. The Impact of the Great War The growth of a tourist industry in the latter half of the nineteenth century meant that during the Great War many people were conscious that the battlefields would become a focal point for tourists after the war.

F. Pollard stated in a lecture that the ‘descent, the humiliation, and the suffering are not good things in themselves, but only as sacrifice. ’68 The link between the via dolorosa of the passion and the via sacra of pilgrimage was an easy one to make. 69 Finally, the example of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s address combined with the present example of France to provide a model for the sanctification of the battlefields and travel to them. 70 The example of this cemetery also reminded people of Lincoln’s legendary Gettysburg address, which had become synonymous with the history of the cemetery.

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