This is the first book to bring together an interdisciplinary, theoretically engaged and global perspective on the First World War through the lens of historical and cultural geography. Reflecting the centennial interest in the conflict, the collection explores the relationships between warfare and space, and pays particular attention to how commemoration is connected to spatial elements of national identity, and processes of heritage and belonging. Venturing beyond military history and memory studies, contributors explore conceptual contributions of geography to analyse the First World War, as well as reflecting upon the imperative for an academic discussion on the War’s centenary.

This book explores the War’s impact in more unexpected theatres, blurring the boundary between home and fighting fronts, investigating the experiences of the war amongst civilians and often overlooked combatants. It also critically examines the politics of hindsight in the post-war period, and offers an historical geographical account of how the First World War has been memorialised within ‘official’ spaces, in addition to those overlooked and often undervalued ‘alternative spaces’ of commemoration.

This innovative and timely text will be key reading for students and scholars of the First World War, and more broadly in historical and cultural geography, social and cultural history, European history, Heritage Studies, military history and memory studies.

chapter 1|14 pages


Conflicting spaces – geographies of the First World War
ByJames Wallis, David C. Harvey

part 1|84 pages

Rethinking, and looking beyond the front line

chapter 2|14 pages

Congested terrain

Contested memories. Visualising the multiple spaces of war and remembrance
ByPaul Gough

chapter 3|16 pages

Remembering the anti-war movement

Contesting the war and fighting the class struggle on Clydeside
ByPaul Griffin

chapter 4|21 pages

The First World War in Palestine

Biographies and memoirs of Muslims, Jews, and Christians
ByEyal Berelovich, Ruth Kark

chapter 5|15 pages

Malta in the First World War

An appraisal through cartography and local newspapers
ByJohn A. Schembri, Ritienne Gauci, Stefano Furlani, Raphael Mizzi

chapter 6|16 pages

Asia’s Great War

A shared experience
ByXu Guoqi

part 2|137 pages

Commemorative spaces

chapter 7|14 pages

The art of war display 1

The Imperial War Museum’s First World War galleries, 2014
ByJames Wallis, James Taylor

chapter 10|17 pages

Local complications

Anzac commemoration, education and tourism at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance
ByShanti Sumartojo

chapter 11|17 pages

‘To leave a wooden poppy cross of our own’

First World War battlefield spaces in the era of post-living memory
ByCatriona Pennell

chapter 12|19 pages

Witnessing the First World War in Britain

New spaces of remembrance
ByRoss Wilson

chapter 13|16 pages

Reflecting on the Great War 1914–2019

How has it been defined, how has it been commemorated, how should it be remembered?
ByBrian S. Osborne

chapter 14|11 pages


The mobilization of memory 1917–2014
ByPaul Cornish