Never Again Gardens of Peace: A Landscape and Architectural History of War Cemeteries Michel Racine, Christine Bastin, Jacques Evrard, Marie-Madeleine Damien, Bernard Klein, Isabelle Masson-Loodts, Chantal Pradines, Simon Rietz, Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn

Publication date:
17 Dec 2019
224 pages: 241 x 273mm
200 color illus.
Sales territories:
World excluding Benelux

A beautiful, illustrated exploration of European burial sites and memorials from the First and Second World Wars

The wealth of splendid photography in this singular publication features military cemeteries and memorials, conveying their grace, solemn beauty, and deep emotional resonance. Hundreds of cemeteries and memorials from the First and Second World Wars are featured—locations throughout Europe with particular emphasis on sites in England, France, Belgium, and Germany. The book’s essays delve into the landscape and architectural history of these hallowed spaces, which were designed by architects such as Charles Henry Holden, Edwin Luytens, John Russell Pope, and Robert Tischler, among others. These landscapes, each a campaign for remembrance and peace, take on new significance alongside comparative images of more recent memorials, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, and the National September 11 Memorial in New York.

Michel Racine is a professor at the National School of Landscape in Versailles, France.

“This is a high-quality production with magnificent photographs...The text contains a serious discussion of the history and philosophy of war cemeteries (by no means confined to the Great War) and explores the differing aesthetics and objectives of the various warring nations.”—Richard Mawrey, The Historic Gardens Foundation Newsletter

“A wonderful photographic voyage into a variety of European war cemeteries dating from the First World War to the present”—Jonathan Trigg, Church Monuments