Complexity and Contradiction in Canadian Public Sculpture: The Case of Walter Allward

  title={Complexity and Contradiction in Canadian Public Sculpture: The Case of Walter Allward},
  author={Dennis Michael Duffy},
  journal={American Review of Canadian Studies},
  pages={189 - 206}
  • D. Duffy
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • American Review of Canadian Studies
[The Great War] was a war of mass death in which massed men were fed for 1500 days to massed fire power so that more than 6000 corpses could be processed each day without letup. When it was over, 10,000,000 soldiers and civilians had been killed and mass death had become an acceptable part of the experience and values of European civilization. (Rubenstein 1983, 161) I feel that the unveiling of that monument [at Vimy] and all that was connected with it was really something more than the simple… Expand
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