War and Geography

The Spatiality of Organized Mass Violence


War is always related to many different aspects, e.g. religion, technology etc. However, one of the aspects of central importance for the history of warfare is geography. The present volume will analyze this interrelationship from several different perspectives.
Geography is not only integral to the planning of tactics and strategies, but plays an important role in the outcome of war and its longterm aftermath. Furthermore, the interplay between war and geography is not purely a modern phenomenon but can be traced back through the ages of history. Geography always had the potential of providing an advantage or disadvantage.
The aim of the volume is to grant historical perspectives on that special interrelationship in different time periods and regional settings. The purpose is to provide a deeper insight and an interdisciplinary discussion, which will open new perspectives on military history in general and the history of warfare in particular.

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Sarah K. Danielsson wurde 2005 an der University of Minnesota promoviert. Frank Jacob wurde 2012 an der Universität Erlangen promoviert. Beide lehren an der City University of New York.
Introduction, Sarah K. Danielsson and Frank Jacob THE INTERRELATION OF WAR AND GEOGRAPHY: HISTORICAL CASE STUDIES Technological Spatialities: The Impact of Geography and Technology During the Imjin War (1592-1598), Frank Jacob The Rise of Geography in German Schools during World War I, Oliver Kann From Ice Stations to Action Stations – The Importance of the Svalbard Archipelago in the Second World War, Linda Parker Mapping a Term: Geography and its Role in the Success and Failures of the Yugoslav and Greek Resistance Movements, James Horncastle The Geography of the Second Indochina War: Spatial Contestation, Irregular Conflict, and a War of Innumerable Fronts, Martin G. Clemis THE GEOGRAPHICAL IMPACT ON THE PERCEPTION AND MEMORY OF WAR Landscapes of Destruction: Paul Nash’s Art and the Geography of the Western, Timothy J. Demy War, Memory, and Geography: The Geographical Perception of Slovenians in the First World War, Petra Svoljšak From Battlegrounds to Burial Grounds – The Cemetery Landscapes of the German Army during the Second World War, Nina Janz Battlefield Topography: Geography and Warfare in Ambrose Bierce’s Civil War Texts, Benedict von Bremen The Lines of Conflict in Jerusalem – A Comparison between the 1937 Plan and the 1949 Reality, Yair Paz GEOGRAPHY, STRATEGY, AND WAR Wooden Wars: American Foresters, Knowledge, and French Forestry (1917-19), Swen Steinberg Geography and Strategic Priorities: U.S. Efforts to Rid the Western Hemisphere of the “Axis Menace”, Peter Bales “Atoms for Peace”: Hashemite Iraq and the Baghdad Pact during the Cold War, Elizabeth Bishop Contributors
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