Every large nation in the world was directly or indirectly affected by the impact of war during the course of the twentieth century, and while the historical narratives of war of these nations are well known, far less is understood about how small islands coped. These islands - often not nations in their own right but small outposts of other kingdoms, countries, and nations - have been relegated to mere footnotes in history and heritage studies as interesting case studies or unimportant curiosities. Yet for many of these small islands, war had an enduring impact on their history, memory, intangible heritage and future cultural practices, leaving a legacy that demanded some form of local response. This is the first comprehensive volume dedicated to what the memories, legacies and heritage of war in small islands can teach those who live outside them, through closely related historical and contemporary case studies covering 20th and 21st century conflict across the globe.
The volume investigates a number of important questions: Why and how is war memory so enduring in small islands? Do factors such as population size, island size, isolation or geography have any impact? Do close ties of kinship and group identity enable collective memories to shape identity and its resulting war-related heritage? This book contributes to heritage and memory studies and to conflict and historical archaeology by providing a globally wide-ranging comparative assessment of small islands and their experiences of war. Heritage of War in Small Island Territories is of relevance to students, researchers, heritage and tourism professionals, local governments, and NGOs.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"This volume highlights the complexity and variety of war memory experienced and perpetuated in island communities across the world. Memories can be complex and include those of combatant and imprisoned aliens, allies, or indigenous island peoples, all with their own perspectives further distilled by the telling and re-telling of their experiences, and analyzed here by an international array of scholars." - Harold Mytum, University of Liverpool, UK
"This collection of essays addresses an overlooked aspect of war histories and the relations between centre and periphery in Colonial and Imperial histories. Authors attend to the silences and untold incidents in overlooked small islands and territories that slip through the gap in big histories of nations. This book is important theoretically and empirically, and will be of interest to interdisciplinary scholars of war, memory, heritage and identity." - Max Quanchi, University of South Pacific, Fiji
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