By Colleen M. Beck, William Gray Johnson, John Schofield

Matériel tradition encompasses the cloth continues to be of clash, from structures and monuments to artefacts and defense force, in addition to human continues to be. This selection of essays, from a world variety of members, illustrates the variety during this fabric list, highlights the problems and demanding situations in protecting, offering and analyzing it, and peculiarly demonstrates the numerous position matériel tradition can play in modern society.
one of many experiences are:
* the 'culture of shells'
* the archaeology of nuclear checking out grounds
* Cambodia's 'killing fields'
* the Berlin Wall
* and the biography of a medal
*the reappearance of Argentina's 'disappeared'
*World warfare II focus camps.

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My own view is that we should endeavour to pass on to our descendants some idea of what our period of history has been like. I believe that to do so we need to choose carefully, to be fully professional and ultimately not to be frightened of what we may need to recognize of ourselves or our time. The tendency to gloss over the unpleasant or to be squeamish must be actively suppressed: the wars of our time are neither nice nor few and limited, and we have a duty not to make them appear so. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This chapter is written in memoriam of the author’s namesake, Private Richard John Carman of the 8th Battalion Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), who died on Wednesday 20 March 1918 and is remembered with honour at the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France in the perpetual care of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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Metal was the common denominator in breaking and re-making men. THE ARTISTIC TRANSFORMATION OF SHELLS Shells and shellcases defined the Great War also by their capacity to be transformed into three-dimensional art objects – during the conflict, the inter-war years and up to the present. ’ At the battlefront, stacked for use or already in the breech, shells were objects for graffiti. Gunners anticipated later artistic endeavours by chalking a caricature of the 32 N. 4 Graffiti chalked on to shells before firing Source: Author Kaiser, Hindenburg, or a stereotyped ‘Hun’ on to the shell.

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