"This book challenges the reader to look at archaeology in different and perhaps unfamiliar ways – through the lens of value-based heritage. A Fearsome Heritage
will appeal more to the current history buff, the military history fan, and those interested in heritage politics…the volume contains something for everyone interested in archaeology because it highlights the current academic perspective on heritage – “engaged archaeology.” Because a good book also informs, challenges, and educates, A Fearsome Heritage
is a good book indeed."
- Eleanor L. Morris, Industrial Archaeology
"…the individual contributions to this anthology coalesce to form an eclectic, innovative and refreshing collection that explores and analyses Cold-War related topics ranging from the space race to the domestic front, written not just by archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians, but also including contributions from artists, musicians, and writers…Schofield and Cocroft have successfully woven together a spectrum of views on the multi-faceted legacy of the Cold War. The result is a thought-provoking and insightful overview of the diversity of interests linked to Cold War heritage and a demonstration of the enduring influence of the Cold War on modern culture and contemporary perceptions on the world in which we live."
- Kelly Hignett, International Journal of Heritage Studies
"A Fearsome Heritage
draws on artistic responses to the Cold War, defining them as being archaeology in a broad sense. This approach is refreshing, and the individual contributions are of high quality…the boldness of the book’s approach to modern remains, as well as its willingness to discuss topics rarely looked at by archaeologists, makes reading the volume a stimulating experience. The reader gets a good picture of the diversity of interest in heritage, as well as some of the approaches adopted by heritage managers, artists and political forces. The willingness to experiment, shown by the incorporation of sound and visual arts, is both admirable and effective in terms of underlining the message that not all the tools to understand Cold War heritage can be supplied by archaeology. "
- Mads Dahl Gjefsen , Archaeological Review from Cambridge
"As a study of the "contemporary past," the volume takes a multidisciplinary perspective that joins archaeology with anthropology, art, sociology, and politics to study/critique Cold War heritage. Importantly, the work of
contemporary artists in film, video, and music loom large in this lavishly illustrated volume (which includes color!) because it not only constitutes archives, documents, and artifacts, but also serves to engage with the Cold War symbolically and interpret it for us."
- B. Osborne, CHOICE Magazine
" The book is very readable, and offers over 150 photos and
illustrations that do a tremendous good job of highlighting the
profound impact of the Cold War on material culture. "
- Current Archaeology
"A fascinating collection....Well and often intriguingly illustrated."
- The Architects' Journal