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Empires of the Dead: How One Man’s Vision Led to the Creation of WWI’s War Graves by David Crane

Shortlisted for the Samuel
Johnson prize for non-fiction; the extraordinary and forgotten story behind
the building of the First World War cemeteries, due to the efforts of one
remarkable and visionary man, Fabian Ware.

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Before WWI,
little provision was made for the burial of the war dead. Soldiers were often
unceremoniously dumped in a mass grave; officers shipped home for
burial.

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The great cemeteries of WWI came about as a
result of the efforts of one inspired visionary. In 1914, Fabian Ware joined
the Red Cross, working on the frontline in France. Horrified by the hasty
burials, he recorded the identity and position of the graves. His work was
officially recognised, with a Graves Registration Commission being set up. As
reports of their work became public, the Commission was flooded with letters
from grieving relatives around the world.

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Critically
acclaimed author David Crane gives a profoundly moving account of the
creation of the great citadels to the dead, which involved leading figures of
the day, including Rudyard Kipling. It is the story of cynical politicking,
as governments sought to justify the sacrifice, as well as the grief of
nations, following the ‘war to end all wars’.

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Weight 480 g
Dimensions 141 × 29 × 222 mm
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Format

Hardcover

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ISBN

0007456654

Condition

Used Good

Language

English

Pages

289

Year Published

2013

Publisher

William Collins 

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