Above the Battlefield

Modernism and the Peace Movement in Britain, 1900-1918

Grace Brockington

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The early twentieth century is usually remembered as an era of rising nationalism and military hostility, culminating in the disaster of the First World War. Yet it was marked also by a vigorous campaign against war, a movement that called into question the authority of the nation-state. This book explores the role of artists and writers in the formation of a modern, secular peace movement in Britain, and the impact of ideas about "positive peace" on their artistic practice. From Grace Brockington's meticulous study emerges a rich and interconnected world of Hellenistic dance, symbolist stage design, marionettes, and book illustration, produced in conscious opposition to the values of an increasingly regimented and militaristic society, and radically different from existing narratives of British wartime culture.

Grace Brockington is Lecturer in History of Art, University of Bristol.

“Above the Battlefield is a beautifully written and beautiful produced book, which presents a compelling argument for reconsidering the lesser-known work of both groups.”—Lara Feigel, History Today

“Lavishly illustrated . . . written in a lively style . . . Ms. Brockington deftly focuses on an important yet often neglected facet of Modernism.”—William Anthony Hay, Wall Street Journal

"Photos, rarely reproduced art, and thorough documentation of sources demonstrate considerable archival sleuthing."—Russell T. Clement, Library Journal
ISBN: 9780300151954
Publication Date: March 8, 2011
Co-publisher: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
244 pages, 7 1/2 x 10
90 b/w + 40 color illus.
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