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Making War, Mapping Europe

Online Exhibition of Research Project Published: "Making War, Mapping Europe: Militarized Cultural Encounters, 1792–1920"

№ 386/2015 from Dec 03, 2015

Historians at Freie Universität Berlin have published their findings on military conflicts and cultural contacts among French, British, and German soldiers from 1792 to 1920 online. Based on six case studies, the online exhibition "Making War, Mapping Europe" portrays cultural contacts among soldiers from these three countries who were stationed at the periphery of Europe and in the Middle East during the so-called "long 19th century." The virtual exhibition was created in cooperation with Trinity College Dublin and the universities of Swansea and York. Evidence of these encounters is on display: photographs, works of art, souvenirs, and various useful objects that happened to survive. Hundreds of pictures and artifacts in the exhibition illustrate how military operations and expeditions ultimately functioned as catalysts for various forms of intercultural encounter.

The artifacts were collected with the support of many museums, archives, and private persons. Historians from Freie Universität and its partner universities placed them in a historical context. Thematic essays on various aspects of the cultural contact augment the exhibition and connect it with the research units involved in the project. They give a visual impression, for example, of the encounter between German military personnel and the Ottoman Empire during World War I and the presence of French and British soldiers in Egypt between 1798 and 1920.

The exhibition resulted from the findings of the research project “Making War, Mapping Europe: Militarized Cultural Encounters, 1792-1920” that is hosted at Freie Universität Berlin under the direction of Professor Dr. Oliver Janz. The project is funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area).

Further Information

Dr. Oliver Stein, Researcher, Department of History and Cultural Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-62923

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