Monuments
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Monuments

War memorials do not function solely as monuments to the war-dead, but also to “affirm the identity of the survivors” (Reinhart Koselleck). They construct the past in order to cope with the present. War-memorials thus say more about their architects than about the fallen, and the wars they are supposed to commemorate.

In the age of mercenary armies, there were no monuments commemorating the common soldier; this honor was reserved for officers and commanders. In Prussia at the beginning of the 19th century, with the introduction of genera…

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Behrenbeck, Sabine, “Monuments”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 24 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0409>
First published online: 2015



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