The Destruction of Memory
Architecture at War - Second Expanded Edition
Distributed for Reaktion Books
Bevan combs through world history to highlight a range of wars and conflicts in which the destruction of architecture was pivotal. From Cortez’s razing of Aztec cities to the carpet bombings of Dresden and Tokyo in World War II to the war in the former Yugoslavia, The Destruction of Memory exposes the cultural war that rages behind architectural annihilation, revealing that in this subliminal assault lies the complex aim of exterminating a people. He provocatively argues for “the fatally intertwined experience of genocide and cultural genocide,” ultimately proposing the elevation of cultural genocide from “collateral damage” to a crime punishable by international law.
2. Cultural Cleansing: Who Remembers the Armenians?
3. Terror: Morale, Messages and Propaganda
4. Conquest and Revolution
5. Fences and Neighbours: The Destructive Consequences of Partition
6. Remember and Warn I: Rebuilding and Commemoration
7. Remember and Warn II: Protection and Prosecution