While Brussels saw no major accomplishments during the First World War it was, as the capital of Belgium, the most fitting place to mark the First World War, on a local, national as well as international level. The first thing people think of in this regard is the Monument for the Unknown Soldier, yet there is much more besides; with no less than six hundred street names, commemorative plaques or monuments dedicated to remembrance. Street names and monuments should remind people for years to come of the honourable fallen, and heroes both national and local; they should keep alive the names of major battle fields, and express collective recognition.
The Brussels Capital Region set the task of identifying and listing these traces in a land registry. This land registry bears witness to Belgium's war experiences in general and those of Brussels' citizens in particular, and provides a picture of how the interpretation assigned to the Great War evolves throughout commemorations. The book, based on this land registry, investigates how this multiform commemoration in Brussels' space came in being, analyses its symbolic extent and evolution, and examines what this special heritage might still mean in the present.
Available in bookshops now in Dutch and in French, priced €29.90.
Also available in English at the VISITBRUSSELS tourist offices.
Authors: Laurence van Ypersele (UCL), Emmanuel Debruyne (UCL), Chantal Kesteloot (CEGESOMA)
Publisher: Renaissance du Livre
ISBN: 978-250-70522-18 (NL) / 978-250-70522-01 (FR) / 978-250-70523-17 (EN)