War: Recovering the dead

Bailey, J. 2014

‘Tell me about my boy: World War II graves registration in Europe and the repatriation of PFC Allison R. Jackson’, Markers, 29, 108-123.

Bourke, J. 1996

Dismembering the Male: Men’s Bodies, Britain and the Great War, London: Reaktion Books.

Cahir, F., Weuffen, S., Smith, M. & 2 others 2019

Australian War Graves Workers and World War One, Cham: Palgrave Pivot.

Coleman, B. 2008

‘Recovering the Korean war dead, 1950-1958: graves registration, forensic anthropology and wartime memorialisation’, Journal of Military History, 72: 1, 179-222.

Cox, M. Jones, P. & Loe, L. 2022

Fromelles, Naming the Dead. The Scientists’ Story, Newport NSW: Big Sky Publishing.

Fathi, R. 2018

“We refused to work until we had better means for handing the bodies”. Discipline at the Australian Graves Detachment’, First World War Studies, 9:1, 35-56.

Fathi, R. 2022

‘Surpressing an “undesirable public controversy”: corpses, the Department of Defence and the Australian Graves Services, 1919-1921’, History Australia, 19:3, 487-505.

Fathi, R. 2023

‘Conceptualising the “Administration of the dead”: cadavers, war and public health in the early 20th century’, History Compass, 21:1.

Faust, D. 2001

‘The Civil War soldier and the art of dying’, Journal of Southern History, 67: 1, 3-38.

Foster, A-M. 2022

‘The bureaucratization of death: the First World War, families and the state’, Twentieth Century British History, 33:4, 475-497.

Jug, S. 2020

‘Mourning deaths and constructing afterlives in the Red Army at war’, in C. Cann (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Death and the Afterlife, London: Routledge, 136-152.

Ljunge, M. & Persson, M. 2018

Möten med krigsgravar i konflikternas periferi. Materialitet och bruk av betydelse’, Primitive tider 20, 95-110.

Pau, B. 2016

Le Ballet des Morts. Etat, Armée, Families : S’occuper des Corps de la Grande Guerre, Paris: Vuibert.

Rodin, N. 2020

‘Repatriating the remains of Russian combatants during the Great War’ in R. Fathi & E. Robertson (eds) Proximity and Distance: Space, Time and World War I, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Roynette, O. 2023

‘Découvrir, identifier, ensevelir les cadavres des combattants en 1870-1871’, in A. Carol & I. Renaudet (eds) Des Morts qui Dérogent: Á L’Écart des Normes Funéraires XIXe-XXe siècles, Aix-en-Provence: Presses Universaires de Provence, 107-123.

Schubert, J. 1995

‘Austrian-Hungarian military cemeteries from World War I, in Kraków and vicinity’, in O. Czerner & I. Juszkiewicz (eds) Cemetery Art, ICOMOS: Wrocław: ICOMOS, 143-174.

Trefalt, B. 2017

‘Collecting bones: Japanese missions for the repatriation of war remains and the unfinished business of the Asia Pacific war’, Australian Humanities Review, 61, 145-159.

Wilson, R. 2012

The burial of the dead: The British Army on the Western Front, 1914–18’, War & Society, 31:1, 22-41.


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