on 12 May 2014
This book explains the politics, religious fervor and other factors that drove the creation of war memorials in the aftermath of the First World War. The author also sets out the architectural and sculptural thinking behind the design of memorials, and he describes the aesthetic arguments that took place for or against "off the shelf" memorials. There are ample photos to illustrate the memorials discussed. For anyone researching a particular memorial in their locality this book instills a strong understanding of what may have happened in their own village or town. For the dedicated student of war memorials this book is surely one to add to the book shelf. I am not an academic myself, so the language took some getting through, but this book is fascinating.