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In the months and years immediately following the First World War, the many (European) countries that had formed its battleground were confronted with daunting challenges. These challenges varied according to the countries' earlier role and degree of involvement in the war but were without exception enormous. The contributors to this book analyse how this was not only a matter of rebuilding ravaged cities and destroyed infrastructure, but also of repairing people’s damaged bodies and upended daily lives, and rethinking and reforming societal, economic and political structures. These processes took place against the backdrop of mass mourning and remembrance, political violence and economic crisis. At the same time, the post-war tabula rasa offered many opportunities for innovation in various areas of society, from social and political reform to architectural design. The wide scope of post-war recovery and revival is reflected in the different sections of this book: rebuild, remember, repair, and reform. It offers insights into post-war revival in Western European countries such as Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and Italy, as well as into how their efforts were perceived outside of Europe, for instance in Argentina and the United States.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Walter Benjamin, excerpt from Experience and Poverty (1933)
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  1. Introduction. Revival After The First World War: Rebuild, Remember, Repair, Reform
  2. Luc Verpoest, Leen Engelen, Rajesh Heynickx, Jan Schmidt, Pieter Uyttenhove, and Pieter Verstraete
  3. pp. 11-32
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  1. Part One. REBUILD
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Walter Benjamin, excerpt from Theses on the Philosophy of History (1942)
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. Catastrophe and Reconstruction in Western Europe: The Urban Aftermath of the First World War
  2. Pierre Purseigle
  3. pp. 37-54
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  1. Reflections on Leuven as Martyred City and the Realignment of Propinquity
  2. Richard Plunz
  3. pp. 55-64
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  1. Making Good Farmers by Making Better Farms: Farmstead Architecture and Social Engineering in Belgium After the Great War
  2. Dries Claeys and Yves Segers
  3. pp. 65-86
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  1. “C’est la beauté de l’ensemble qu’il faut viser.”: Notes on Changing Heritage Values of Belgian Post-World War I Reconstruction Townscapes
  2. Maarten Liefooghe
  3. pp. 87-106
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  1. Rebuilding, Recovery, Reconceptualization: Modern architecture and the First World War
  2. Volker M. Welter
  3. pp. 107-122
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  1. Part Two. REMEMBER
  2. pp. 123-124
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  1. Edward Thomas, excerpt from Roads (1915-1917)
  2. p. 125
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  1. Reclaiming the Ordinary: Civilians Face the Post-war World
  2. Tammy M. Proctor
  3. pp. 126-140
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  1. Expressing Grief and Gratitude in an Unsettled Time: Temporary First World War Memorials in Belgium
  2. Leen Engelen and Marjan Sterckx
  3. pp. 141-164
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  1. Remembering the War on the British Stage: From Resistance to Reconstruction
  2. Helen E. M. Brooks
  3. pp. 165-178
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  1. A War to Learn From: Commemorative Practices in Belgian Schools After World War l
  2. Kaat Wils
  3. pp. 179-196
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  1. Part Three. REPAIR
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. High Expectations and Silenced Realities: The Re-education of Belgian Disabled Soldiers of the Great War, 1914–1921
  2. Pieter Verstraete and Marisa De Picker
  3. pp. 201-218
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  1. Back to Work: Riccardo Galeazzi’s Work for the Mutilated Veterans of the Great War, Between German Model and Italian Approach
  2. Simonetta Polenghi
  3. pp. 219-238
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  1. Competition over Care: The Campaign for a New Medical Campus at the University of Leuven in the 1920s
  2. Joris Vandendriessche
  3. pp. 239-252
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  1. Part Four. REFORM
  2. pp. 253-254
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  1. Stefan Zweig, The World of Yesterday (1941)
  2. p. 255
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  1. An Argentine Witness of the Occupation and Reconstruction of Belgium: The Writings of Roberto J. Payró (1918-1922)
  2. María Inés Tato
  3. pp. 256-267
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  1. The New Post-war Order from the Perspective of the Spanish Struggle for Regeneration
  2. Carolina García Sanz
  3. pp. 268-281
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  1. The Act of Giving: Political Instability and the Reform(ation) of Humanitarian Responses to Violence in Portugal in the Aftermath of the First World War
  2. Ana Paula Pires
  3. pp. 282-295
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  1. Reconstruction, Reform and Peace in Europe after the First World War
  2. John Horne
  3. pp. 296-316
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 317-346
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 347-353
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789461663542
Related ISBN(s)
9789462702509
MARC Record
OCLC
1226125933
Launched on MUSE
2020-12-14
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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