The Ultimate Spectacle

The Ultimate Spectacle : A Visual History of the Crimean War

5 (1 rating by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$133.00

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


Chloroform, telegraphy, steamships and rifles were distinctly modern features of the Crimean War. Covered by a large corps of reporters, illustrators and cameramen, it also became the first media war in history. For the benefit of the ubiquitous artists and correspondents, both the domestic events were carefully staged, giving the Crimean War an aesthetically alluring, even spectacular character. With their exclusive focus on written sources, historians have consistently overlooked this visual dimension of the Crimean War. Photo-historian Ulrich Keller challenges the traditional literary bias by drawing on a wealth of pictorial materials from scientific diagrams to photographs, press illustration and academic painting. The result is a new and different historical account which emphasizes the careful aesthetic scripting of the war for popular mass consumption at home.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 226 x 270 x 22mm | 1,238.32g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 colour, 191 b&w illustrations
  • 9057005697
  • 9789057005695

Review quote

"Thoughtfully conceived, satisfyingly researched...a mapping of the many ways in which the Crimea was produced as a spectacle for Victorian consumption.""-Jennifer Green Lewis of Middlebury College, Vermont
show more

Table of contents

1. "Vauxhall is Far Prettier" Narrative and Visual scenarios 2. "Storm'd at With Shot and Shell" The heyday of lithography and the London shows 3. "Bastard of History, Only Much Truer" The ascendancy of picture reportage 4. "The Valley of the Shadow of Death" The triumph of photography 5. "My Nearest and Dearest" Home-front scenarios 6. "The Usual Plunging Horses" The swan-song of history painting 7. Conclusion
show more

Rating details

1 ratings
5 out of 5 stars
5 100% (1)
4 0% (0)
3 0% (0)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X