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The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War

Robert Bevan

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Reaktion Books
01 May 2016
Architecture; Theory of architecture; History of architecture; General & world history; Military history
Crumbled shells of mosques in Iraq, the fall of the World Trade Center towers on 11 September 2009: when architectural totems such as these are destroyed by conflicts and the ravages of war, more than mere buildings are at stake. The Destruction of Memory reveals the extent to which a nation weds itself to its landscape; Robert Bevan argues that such destruction not only shatters a nation's culture and morale but is also a deliberate act of eradicating a culture's memory and, ultimately, existence.
By:   Robert Bevan
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Expanded edition
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9781780235974
ISBN 10:   1780235976
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   01 May 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Robert Bevan is former editor of Building Design and writes on architectural, design and housing issues for national news-papers. He lives in London.

Reviews for The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War

The message of Robert Bevan's devastating book is that war is about killing cultures, identities and memories as much as it is about killing people and occupying territory. War is not just licensed murder but licensed vandalism. Since people are replaceable but buildings and cultures not, the destruction of buildings is often the more ferocious. --Simon Jenkins The Sunday Times (UK) (02/26/2005)


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