Military Pilgrimage and Battlefield Tourism: Commemorating the Dead

1st Edition

John Eade, Mario Katić

Published October 5, 2017
Reference - 164 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781472483621 - CAT# Y259204
Series: Routledge Studies in Pilgrimage, Religious Travel and Tourism


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Military Pilgrimage and Battlefield Tourism is the first volume to bring together a detailed analysis of professional military pilgrimage with other forms of commemorating military conflict. The volume looks beyond the discussion of battlefield tourism undertaken primarily by civilians which has dominated research until now through an analysis of the relationship between religious, military and civilian participants. Drawing on a comparative approach towards what has mostly been categorised as secular pilgrimage, dark tourism/thanatourism, military and religious tourism, and re-enactment, the contributors explore the varied ways in which memory, material culture and rituals are performed at particular places. The volume also engages with the debate about the extent to which western definitions of pilgrimage and tourism, as well as such related terms as religion, sacred and secular, can be applied in non-western contexts.

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