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flagamuffin  ·  1868 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Perfectly Preserved World War I Trench.

I'm fascinated by the British stiff-upper-lip colonial culture that raised many of the men who fought in WW1 among the Allies. It led to the most bizarre juxtaposition of horror and honor, brilliantly captured in Good-Bye To All That. Lots of the British chronicles that came out of the war took that bleak attitude of fake jollity, as a coping mechanism and because what else can you say? Graves often seems as though he's writing about a foxhunting expedition.





tacocat  ·  1868 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Check out the Italian Futurists. I know more about them from art school than how they fit into the timeline of the war, Italy entering later on the side of the Allies. The myth I heard is they all died in the war which they supported vehemently.

Boccioni made one of the greatest modernist sculptures of all time and also allied himself with a movement whose manifesto says;

    We will glorify war—the world’s only hygiene—militarism, patriotism, the destructive gesture of freedom-bringers, beautiful ideas worth dying for, and scorn for woman.

Boccioni died when he fell off a horse. I just think that's funny.

The whole Manifesto reads like deluded ramblings to the point where I can't believe this group is remembered. I'm not up on my early 20th century artistic manifesto style sheet though. Writing a manifesto was seemingly popular then.

http://www.italianfuturism.org/manifestos/foundingmanifesto/

They also influenced Fascism. And died in war. Comical irony to me. Goddamn if that isn't a fine bronze though.

flagamuffin  ·  1868 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Wow. That is the polar opposite.

I have now said twice on hubski today, ideology is the most dangerous thing there is.