Close-up of barbed wire

Close-up of barbed wire

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Caption: Barbed wire surrounding field. Barbed wire was first used extensively in the 19 century in America for the containment of cattle, and had a huge impact on the development of the American West. In the twentieth century, it has become emblematic of conflict and division.

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