Materializing the Military
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|Format:||Paperback, 200 pages|
|Other Information: ||70 b&w and 16 colour illus|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 01 April 2005|
Artefacts is a book series in which the editors encourage authors to use objects as evidence for their studies of the history of science and technology. In "Materializing the Military", with its focus on military technology, the results are innovative and provocative. Topics as diverse as fourteenth-century Burgundian artillery and twentieth-century US Army Air Corps sextants, uniforms for volunteers and prosthetics for the disabled, the material culture of warfare and the cultural implications of the material relics of warfare are all given new meaning through interpretation based on examining the objects themselves, as witnessed by the generous use of photographs of the artefacts. Also included is an essay on the specific problems of presenting military history through the use of objects in military collections, together with an annotated list of selected military, naval and air museums. Authors, who are from academic institutions and museums, bring a variety or perspectives to these writings from such disciplinary backgrounds as archaeology, museum studies, military history and the history of medicine, as well as the history of science and technology. This book will appeal to serious students of military history, to curators and others in all museums of the history of science and technology, as well as specifically military museums. Nevertheless, the level of writing and the subjects covered should also make it valuable to a range of amateur historians interested in these subjects.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Medieval weaponry; Exploiting the guns of the Santissimo Sacramento: an analysis of early modern naval ordnance, gunnery and gunfounding; Prosthetics in the US Civil War; Uniforms for volunteers in the First World War; Material culture and the twentieth century, focusing on the First World War; Celestial navigation aloft: sextants in the Second World War; Archaeology of the German occupation of Jersey during the Second World War; Use of objects in the NMAH military history exhibition; Objects at an exhibition: reflections on 'Fast Attacks and Boomers'; Military history museums.
About the Author
Bernard Finn is curator of the electrical collections at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Current research interests include electric lighting, submarine telegraphy and the history of technical museums. Robert Bud is Head of Research (Collections) and of Life and Communications Technologies at the Science Museum, London. His work concentrates on the history of modern applied science. Helmuth Trischler is head of the research department of the Deutches Museum and Professor of History and History of Technology at the University of Munich.
|Publisher: ||Science Museum|
|Dimensions: ||24.0 x 18.0 x 1.0 centimeters (0.55 kg)|