A Fearsome Heritage: Diverse Legacies of the Cold War

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From massive nuclear test sites to the more subtle material realities of everyday life, the influence of the Cold War on modern culture has been profound and global. Fearsome Legacies unites innovative work on the interpretation and management of Cold War heritage from fields including archaeology, history, art and architecture, and cultural studies. Contributors understand material culture in its broadest sense, examining objects in outer space, domestic space, landscapes, and artistic spaces. They tackle interpretive challenges and controversies, including in museum exhibits, heritage sites, archaeological sites, and other historic and public venues. With over 150 color photos and illustrations, including a photographic essay, readers can feel the profound visual impact of this material culture.

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"The book is very readable, and offers over 150 photos and illustrations that do a tremendous good job of highlighting the profound impact of the Cold War on material culture." - Current Archaeology

"A fascinating collection....Well and often intriguingly illustrated." - The Architects' Journal

"As a study of the 'contemporary past,' the volume takes a multidisciplinary perspective that joins archaeology with anthropology, art, sociology, and politics to study/critique Cold War heritage. Importantly, the work of contemporary artists in film, video, and music loom large in this lavishly illustrated volume (which includes color!) because it not only constitutes archives, documents, and artifacts, but also serves to engage with the Cold War symbolically and interpret it for us." —B. Osborne, CHOICE Magazine

"A Fearsome Heritage draws on artistic responses to the Cold War, defining them as being archaeology in a broad sense. This approach is refreshing, and the individual contributions are of high quality…the boldness of the book’s approach to modern remains, as well as its willingness to discuss topics rarely looked at by archaeologists, makes reading the volume a stimulating experience. The reader gets a good picture of the diversity of interest in heritage, as well as some of the approaches adopted by heritage managers, artists and political forces. The willingness to experiment, shown by the incorporation of sound and visual arts, is both admirable and effective in terms of underlining the message that not all the tools to understand Cold War heritage can be supplied by archaeology." - Mads Dahl Gjefsen, Archaeological Review from Cambridge

"This book challenges the reader to look at archaeology in different and perhaps unfamiliar ways - through the lens of value-based heritage. A Fearsome Heritage will appeal more to the current history buff, the military history fan, and those interested in heritage politics…the volume contains something for everyone interested in archaeology because it highlights the current academic perspective on heritage - 'engaged archaeology.' Because a good book also informs, challenges, and educates, A Fearsome Heritage is a good book indeed." —Eleanor L. Morris, Industrial Archaeology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598742596
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2009
  • Series: One World Archaeology Series, #50
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Schofield works for English Heritage and teaches heritage management at the University of Southampton. His recent publications include Modern Military Matters (2004) and Combat Archaeology: Material Culture and Modern Conflict (2005). Wayne Cocroft is a senior archaeological investigator with English Heritage. His recent publications include Dangerous Energy: The Archaeology of Gunpowder and Military Explosives Manufacture (2000) and Cold War: Building for Nuclear Confrontation, 1946 to 1989 (with Roger Thomas, 2003).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures 7 List of Tables 11 Chapter 1 Introduction: Cold War, diversity and contemporary archaeology John Schofield Wayne Cocroft 13 Chapter 2 The Cold War in context: Archaeological explorations of private, public and political complexity Graham Fairclough 19 Chapter 3 A paradox of peace: The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) as world heritage Olwen Beazley 33 Chapter 4 Colonialism and the bomb in the Pacific Anita Smith 51 Chapter 5 An ideological vacuum: The Cold War in outer space Alice Gorman Beth O'Leary 73 Chapter 6 Shaping military women since World War II Margaret Vining 93 Chapter 7 Defining the national archaeological character of Cold War remains Wayne Cocroft 107 Chapter 8 Greenham Common: The conservation and management of a Cold War archetype Veronica Fiorato 129 Chapter 9 Out to the waste: Spadeadam and the Cold War Louise K Wilson 155 Chapter 10 Cood bay Forst Zinna Angus Boulton 181 Chapter 11 The Berlin Wall: Border, fragment, world heritage? Polly Feversham Leo Schmidt 193 Chapter 12 Cold War on the domestic front Victor Buchli 211 Chapter 13 Voices in limbo: a conSPIracy cantata and The Buffer Zone Yannis Kyriakides 221 Chapter 14 The noise of war, the silence of the photograph Frank Watson 239 Chapter 15 Filming the end of the Cold War Reinhild Steingrover 253 Chapter 16 Reflections on nuclear submarines in the Cold War: Putting military technology in context for a history museum exhibit Barton C Hacker 273 Chapter 17 Archaeology of dissent: Landscape and symbolism at the Nevada Peace Camp Colleen M Beck Harold Drollinger John Schofield 297 Index 321 About the Contributors 329
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