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Palgrave Macmillan

Flemish Nationalism and the Great War

The Politics of Memory, Visual Culture and Commemoration

ISBN 9781137391711
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Flemish Nationalism and the Great War addresses the IJzertoren Memorial, dedicated to the dead Flemish soldiers of the Great War, and two pilgrimages that are interconnected with this memorial site, the IJzer Pilgrimage and the IJzerwake. The signs and symbols of Flemish nationalism, as articulated in the memorial and during the pilgrimage programs, have been manipulated in this nearly one hundred year period to serve a diversity of nationalisms in Flanders. Karen Shelby examines these symbols in relationship to the history of the IJzertoren and the two pilgrimages as well as the Museum aan de IJzer, which is housed in the interior of the IJzertoren Memorial. Flemish Nationalism and the Great War analyses the visual culture in relation to the social, political and nationalist implications of the Flemish Movement.

Karen Shelby is Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College, The City University of New York, USA. Shelby is an art historian specializing in visual culture and the Great War. Her areas of interest include the commemorative practices after the war, particularly for the Belgian Army, and historical representations of the war in the museums along the Western Front.

1. Introduction
2. IJzerbedevaart: The Last Summer Pilgrimage to the IJzer
3. A Flemish Nation: Catholicism, Language and the Medieval Past
4. The Battle of the Golden Spurs: Enlistment Propaganda and The Front Movement
5. A Politicized Movement and the Memorialization of the Flemish Soldier
6. The IJzertoren: A Heldenhuldezerk for All of Flanders
7. World War I Memorial or Symbol of Freedom? Collaboration and the IJzertoren
8. IJzerbedevaart: The Pilgrimage to the IJzer
9. The IJzerwake: A Different Memory of the Great War
10. Transformation: The IJzertoren Memorial Museum to the Museum aan de IJzer
11. Conclusion


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