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Commemorations : the politics of national identity

Author: John R Gillis
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1994.
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Memory is as central to modern politics as politics is central to modern memory. We are so accustomed to living in a forest of monuments, to having the past represented to us through museums, historic sites, and public sculpture, that we easily lose sight of the recent origins and diverse meanings of these uniquely modern phenomena. In this volume, leading historians, anthropologists, and ethnographers explore the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John R Gillis
ISBN: 0691032009 9780691032009 0691029253 9780691029252
OCLC Number: 28063567
Description: xii, 290 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Memory and identity : the history of a relationship / John R. Gillis --
Part 1: The problem of identity and memory. Is "identity" a useful cross-cultural concept? / Richard Handler ; Identity, heritage, and history / David Lowenthal --
Part 2: Memory in the construction of national identities. National memory in early modern England / David Cressy ; Public memory in an American city : commemoration in Cleveland / John Bodnar ; The museum and the politics of social control in modern Iraq / Eric Davis ; The historic, the legendary, and the incredible : invented tradition and collective memory in Israel / Yael Zerubavel --
Part 3: Memories of war and wars over memory. The politics of memory : Black emancipation and the Civil War monument / Kirk Savage ; Memory and naming in the Great War / Thomas W. Laqueur ; The war dead and the Gold Star : American commemoration of the First World War / G. Kurt Piehler ; Art, commerce, and the production of memory in France after World War I / Daniel J. Sherman --
Part 4: Politics of memory and identity. Building pasts : historic preservation and identity in twentieth-century Germany / Rudy J. Koshar ; Creating the authentic France : struggles over French identity in the first half of the twentieth century / Herman Lebovics ; Between memory and oblivion : concentration camps in German memory / Claudia Koonz.
Responsibility: edited by John R. Gillis.
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Memory is as central to modern politics as politics is central to modern memory. This book explores the relationship between collective memory and national identity in diverse cultures throughout  Read more...


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