The Ultimate Spectacle: A Visual History of the Crimean War / Edition 1

The Ultimate Spectacle: A Visual History of the Crimean War / Edition 1

by Ulrich Keller
     
 

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ISBN-10: 9057005697

ISBN-13: 9789057005695

Pub. Date: 09/14/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Chloroform, telegraphy, steamships and rifles were distinctly modern features of the Crimean War. Covered by a large corps of reporters, illustrators and cameramen, it also became the first media war in history. For the benefit of the ubiquitous artists and correspondents, both the domestic events were carefully staged, giving the Crimean War an aesthetically

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Chloroform, telegraphy, steamships and rifles were distinctly modern features of the Crimean War. Covered by a large corps of reporters, illustrators and cameramen, it also became the first media war in history. For the benefit of the ubiquitous artists and correspondents, both the domestic events were carefully staged, giving the Crimean War an aesthetically alluring, even spectacular character.
With their exclusive focus on written sources, historians have consistently overlooked this visual dimension of the Crimean War. Photo-historian Ulrich Keller challenges the traditional literary bias by drawing on a wealth of pictorial materials from scientific diagrams to photographs, press illustration and academic painting. The result is a new and different historical account which emphasizes the careful aesthetic scripting of the war for popular mass consumption at home.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789057005695
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/14/2001
Series:
Documenting the Image Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. "Vauxhall is Far Prettier" Narrative and Visual scenarios

2. "Storm'd at With Shot and Shell" They heyday of lithography and the London shows

3. "Bastard of History, Only Much Truer" The ascendancy of picture reportage

4. "The Valley of the Shadow of Death" The triumph of photography

5. "My Nearest and Dearest" Home-front scenarios

6. "The Usual Plunging Horses" The swan-song of history painting

7. Conclusion

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