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By Nigel Llewellyn

How did our ancestors die? while in our personal day the topic of demise is mostly kept away from, in pre-Industrial England the rituals and strategies of demise have been current and rapid. humans not just surrounded themselves with keepsake mori, in addition they sought to maintain alive stories of these who had long gone prior to. This continuous disagreement with loss of life was once better by means of a wealthy tradition of visible artifacts. within the paintings of dying, Nigel Llewellyn explores the meanings in the back of an striking diversity of those artifacts, and describes the attitudes and practices which lay in the back of their construction and use.

Illustrated and defined during this ebook are an array of little-known gadgets and photographs resembling death's head spoons, jewels and swords, mourning-rings and lovers, wax effigies, church monuments, Dance of demise prints, funeral invites and ephemera, in addition to works by way of recognized artists, together with Holbein, Hogarth and Blake.

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11). Since the German invasion of Belgium had been the cause that brought Britain into the war, the IOC decided that it was symbolically important for the first post-war Games to be staged in Antwerp (Guttmann 1992), signalling ‘a symbolic revival of the Olympic movement and its message from out of the killing fields of Flanders’ (Roche 2000: 104). 3 Although Germany, Austria and its allies were excluded, the Games were very successful (Krüger 1999) and the main organiser, Henri Baillet-Latour, emerged from the scene as a capable successor to the IOC presidency (Boulogne 1999b).

The spectator numbers were initially low, but nationalistic conflicts between the British and American athletes about the rules attracted the interest of the press and increased publicity (Krüger 1999; Roche 2000). Despite the successful collaboration between the expo organisers and the Olympic group in 1908, the two previous ‘problematic’ cases of Paris and St. Louis were critical in the de-coupling of the Olympic Games from the expos (Roche 2000). In the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, the IOC and the sports federations were involved in assuring a unification of standards, rules and by-laws, undermining the local organisers.

Its emphasis was on mass participation and non-competitive sport, calling for a link between sport and wider political and cultural activities (Roche 2000). In the inter-war period, socialist movements were opposed to the elitism of the Olympic movement, which tended to make sport exclusive and inaccessible for working-class athletes. The sport movements from the political Left therefore staged their own sport festivals as alternatives to the bourgeois Olympics. SWSI’s political profile was reformist and not revolutionary, thus it banned its members from participating in the Soviet Spartakiads, a series of large-scale workers’ Olympic-type events organised by the revolutionary Red Sport International (RSI) organisation.

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