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The Polynational War Memorial

The Polynational War Memorial is an architectonic and conceptual proposal for a global war memorial to commemorate all who died in all wars since 1945, and for an organization that will work on a global level with education, research and diplomacy.

This website presents the concept and the proposal in detail, and information about the latest acheivements. It also includes a database with physical and online memorials, and articles about commemoration culture.

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An alarming picture
posted: 2023-12-17| by: Jon Brunberg

The latest figures from Uppsala Conflict Data Program, UCDP, paints a picture that should be cause for alarm: the number of armed conflict in the world has not been this high in decades. In 2022 UCDP recorded 187 active armed conflicts in three main categories: state-based, non-state and one-sided violence. It's the highest figure since they first started to publish records in all three categories in 1989. Most remarkably the number of state-based conflicts has soared, from 31 active conflicts in 2010 to 56 in 2022.

Even more alarming is the fact that the number of fatalities in armed conflicts are at a record high. Never since the fall of the Soviet Union has so many died because of war, except only for the horrific exception of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.

For this project I maintain a list of wars since 1900 based on data from Correlates of War, PRIO and UCDP. It was made to give a global overview of all the wars in the world based on the best academic research available through open sources. In theses troubling times it seems appropriate to update it with the most recent data. As this is a nonprofit project this usually takes a couple of months. You are warmly welcome to follow the process at war-memorial.net and the project's facebook page.


Jon Brunberg
Stockholm 17 december 2023


Chart: UCDP, fatalities by types of violence 1989-2022. Based on data from UCDP 23.1. Graph from https://ucdp.uu.se/downloads/charts/. Source: Davies, Shawn, Therese Pettersson & Magnus Öberg (2023). Organized violence 1989-2022 and the return of conflicts between states?. Journal of Peace Research (Forthcoming).

OTHER FEATURES

Notes on the Online Memorial Collection
posted: 2016-07-19| by: Jon Brunberg

Contrasting impressions on Omaha Beach
posted: 2013-08-19| by: Jon Brunberg

Wanås Master Plan: documentation video
posted: 2013-08-13| by: Jon Brunberg

Le Mémorial in Caen - Narratives of War and Peace
posted: 2009-11-18| by: Jon Brunberg

Workshop Dossin-Mechelen Report
posted: 2007-03-22| by: Jon Brunberg

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EDITORIALS

Learning by numbers
posted: 2016-07-31 | Stockholm

This summer's quite comprehensive refurbishing of this website is drawing to a close. It's been a big relief to be able to devote time to mend broken links, improve the code, squash a number of bugs and redesign parts of the site. But the project also reached a saddening milestone. 

NEWS

Updated Donation Page
posted: 2024-01-04 | Stockholm

The PayPal donation page for the Polynational War Memorial project has been updated. Donations helps maintaing and develop the website and databases and supports the project's aim to create a global war memorial for all wars.

Update Log 2018
posted: 2018-07-21 | Stockholm

It's time for the annual update of the databases and functions at this site, and as usual the update will proceed in steps. This article is a log of the changes and will be updated continously..

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ONLINE MEMORIALS

Number of names in the Online War Memorials Collection

578,713

WAR MEMORIAL DATABASE

Find hundreds of war memorials from all over the world in the database.

 

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