Introduction

Bonehill, John and Quilley, Geoffrey (2005) Introduction. In: Bonehill, John and Quilley, Geoffrey (eds.) Conflicting Visions: War and Visual Culture in Britain and France c.1700-1830. Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot & Burlington, pp. 1-14. ISBN 9780754605751

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Abstract

Conficting Visions examines the cultural representation of war, conquest and the military in Britian and France during the 'long' eighteenth century. More specifically this book explores the relation of visual culture and aesthetics to conflict in the period, taking into account a wide variety of materials, including paintings and prints, maps and topographical drawings, commemorative sculpture and historical artefacts. These range from art of the most deliberately high-minded character to illustrative imagery of more modest aesthetic intent, from the direct illustration of individual conflicts to the allegorical and allusive representation of warfare and military endeavour. Together the chapters show conflict to be a determining factor in cultural production and war itself as largely comprehended, debated and experienced through those products. While this is not to deny the actual material effects of warfare upon ordinary people, most directly in terms of enlistment of family or friends, or indirectly through economic hardship or benefit, it might be argued that for the majority conflict was primarily envisaged, encountered and mediated through a variety of cultural forms.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
Depositing User: Geoffrey Quilley
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:11
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2016 11:13
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24557
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