The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War - Second Expanded Edition

The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War - Second Expanded Edition

by Robert Bevan

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Crumbled shells of mosques in Iraq, the fall of the World Trade Center towers on September 11: when architectural totems such as these are destroyed by conflicts and the ravages of war, more than mere buildings are at stake. The Destruction of Memory—now available in this accessible, pocket edition—reveals the extent to which a nation weds itself to its landscape. Robert Bevan argues that such destruction not only shatters a nation’s culture and morale but is also a deliberate act of eradicating a culture’s memory and, ultimately, its existence.

Bevan combs through world history to highlight a range of wars and conflicts in which the destruction of architecture was pivotal. From Cortez’s razing of Aztec cities to the carpet bombings of Dresden and Tokyo in World War II to the war in the former Yugoslavia, The Destruction of Memory exposes the cultural war that rages behind architectural annihilation, revealing that in this subliminal assault lies the complex aim of exterminating a people. He provocatively argues for “the fatally intertwined experience of genocide and cultural genocide,” ultimately proposing the elevation of cultural genocide from “collateral damage” to a crime punishable by international law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780235974
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 05/15/2016
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,093,765
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Bevan is the architecture critic for the London Evening Standard and writes regularly on architectural, design, and housing issues. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Enemies of Architecture and Memory
2. Cultural Cleansing: Who Remembers the Armenians?
3. Terror: Morale, Messages and Propaganda 
4. Conquest and Revolution 
5. Fences and Neighbours: The Destructive Consequences of Partition
6. Remember and Warn I: Rebuilding and Commemoration
7. Remember and Warn II: Protection and Prosecution

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