Sites of memory in the Holy Land: The design of the British war cemeteries in Mandate Palestine

Ron Fuchs

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Abstract

British war cemeteries of WW1 form a world embracing system of cemeteries, scattered over a wide range of sites and landscapes wherever Imperial soldiers died during the war. Although recent interest in memory and commemoration has made the British war cemeteries of the Great War a much-studied subject, the spatial dimension of this enormous undertaking remains somewhat out of focus. The geographical context, however, is an important factor in shaping the meanings for each cemetery. In each, the memory of the war intersects and interacts with the historical memory carried by the site. Nowhere is this more evident than in the cemeteries of the Palestine campaign, above all in Jerusalem. The paper follows the history of the design of war cemeteries of the Palestine campaign, and examines the ways the cemeteries and their design relate to their particular geographical context, and the impact this context may have on their interpretation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-664
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Historical Geography
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Geographical context
  • Memory
  • War cemetery

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