Imagined Fronts: The Great War and Global Media

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The media spectacle in which we live today has origins in the Great War (1914–18) and the burgeoning mediascape of newspapers, ephemera, photography, and the new medium of cinema that made it the first global media war. The war’s battlefields and contingent spaces became perhaps the most international human endeavor hitherto undertaken, with most Eastern and Western European countries and the Ottoman Empire involved, as well as forces from Australia, Canada, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and Indigenous peoples including Maori, First Peoples and Choctaw "code talkers."

This book examines the war through paintings, sculpture, posters, photographs, film stills and the graphic arts, showing how it affected the arts between 1914 and 1930, and the role of media in constructing a global "imagined community" that could be accepted as part of the war effort.

Edited by Timothy O. Benson with a foreword by Michael Govan. Published by the DelMonico and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2023. Hardcover, measures 11.8 x 8.3 inches, 224 pages. ISBN 9781636810904

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