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Belgian Museums of the Great War : Politics, Memory, and Commerce - by Karen Shelby (Hardcover)

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Belgian Museums of the Great War: Politics, Memory, and Commerce examines the handling of the centennial of World War I by several museums along the Western Front in Flanders, Belgium. In the twenty-first century, the museum has become a strategic space for negotiating ownership of and access to knowledge produced in local settings. The specific focus on museums and commemorative events in Flanders allows for an in-depth evaluation of how each museum works with the remembrance and tourist industry in the region while carving a unique niche. Belgian Museums of the Great War writes the history of these institutions, analyzes the changes made in advance of the anniversary years, and considers the site-specificity of each institution and its architectural frame. Since museums not only transmit information but also shape knowledge, as Eileen Hooper-Greenhill has noted, the diverse narratives and community programs sponsored by each museum have served to challenge prior historiographies of the war. Through newly revamped interactive environments, self-guided learning, and an emphasis on the landscape, the museums in Flanders have a significant role to play in the ever-changing dialogue on the meaning of the history and remembrance of the Great War.

Number of Pages: 282
Genre: Social Science
Series Title: Routledge Research in Museum Studies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Karen Shelby
Language: English
Street Date: October 7, 2017
TCIN: 53146730
UPC: 9781138941052
Item Number (DPCI): 248-55-5122
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