Commemorations: The Politics of National Identity / Edition 1

Commemorations: The Politics of National Identity / Edition 1

by John R. Gillis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691029253

ISBN-13: 9780691029252

Pub. Date: 09/16/1996

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

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Overview

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 relationship between collective memory and national identity in diverse cultures throughout history. Placing commemorations in their historical settings, the contributors disclose the contested nature of these monuments by showing how groups and individuals struggle to shape the past to their own ends.

The volume is introduced by John Gillis's broad overview of the development of public memory in relation to the history of the nation-state. Other contributions address the usefulness of identity as a cross-cultural concept (Richard Handler), the connection between identity, heritage, and history (David Lowenthal), national memory in early modern England (David Cressy), commemoration in Cleveland (John Bodnar), the museum and the politics of social control in modern Iraq (Eric Davis), invented tradition and collective memory in Israel (Yael Zerubavel), black emancipation and the civil war monument (Kirk Savage), memory and naming in the Great War (Thomas Laqueur), American commemoration of World War I (Kurt Piehler), art, commerce, and the production of memory in France after World War I (Daniel Sherman), historic preservation in twentieth-century Germany (Rudy Koshar), the struggle over French identity in the early twentieth century (Herman Lebovics), and the commemoration of concentration camps in the new Germany (Claudia Koonz).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691029252
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/16/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Memory and Identity: The History of a Relationship3
Ch. IIs "Identity" a Useful Cross-Cultural Concept?27
Ch. IIIdentity, Heritage, and History41
Ch. IIINational Memory in Early Modern England61
Ch. IVPublic Memory in an American City: Commemoration in Cleveland74
Ch. VThe Museum and the Politics of Social Control in Modern Iraq90
Ch. VIThe Historic, the Legendary, and the Incredible: Invented Tradition and Collective Memory in Israel105
Ch. VIIThe Politics of Memory: Black Emancipation and the Civil War Monument127
Ch. VIIIMemory and Naming in the Great War150
Ch. IXThe War Dead and the Gold Star: American Commemoration of the First World War168
Ch. XArt, Commerce, and the Production of Memory in France after World War I186
Ch. XIBuilding Pasts: Historic Preservation and Identity in Twentieth-Century Germany215
Ch. XIICreating the Authentic France: Struggles over French Identity in the First Half of the Twentieth Century239
Ch. XIIIBetween Memory and Oblivion: Concentration Camps in German Memory258
Index281

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