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Contested Sites: Commemoration, Memorial and Popular Politics in Nineteenth Century Britain

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Overview

The second half of the nineteenth century witnessed a new phenomenon in public monuments and civic ornamentation. Whereas in former times public statuary had customarily been reserved for 'warriors and statesmen, kings and rulers of men' a new trend was emerging for towns to commemorate their own citizens. As the subjects immortalised in stone and bronze broadened beyond the traditional ruling classes to include radicals and reformers it necessitated a corresponding widening of the language and understanding of public statuary.

Contested Sites explores the role of these commemorations in radical public life in Britain. Despite recent advances in the understanding of the importance of symbols in public discourse, political monuments have received little attention from historians. This is to be regretted, for commemorations are statements of public identity and memory that have their politics; they are 'embedded in complex class, gender and power relations that determine what is remembered (or forgotten)'.

Examining monuments, plaques and tombstones commemorating a variety of popular movements and reforming individuals, the contributions in Contested Sites reveal the relations that went into the making of public memory in modern Britain and its radical tradition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754632290
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: Studies in Labour History
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Studies in labour history : general editor's preface
List of figures
Foreword
Notes on contributors
Preface
Bibliographical note
1 The public memorial of reform : commemoration and contestation 1
2 Bearding the Tories : the commemoration of the Scottish political martyrs of 1793-94 25
3 A 'grand ossification' : William Cobbett and the commemoration of Tom Paine 57
4 Radical banners as sites of memory : the national banner survey 81
5 The chartist rites of passage : commemorating Feargus O'Connor 101
6 Preserving the glory for Preston : the Camp Santo of the Preston teetotalers 127
7 Whose history is it? : memorialising Britain's involvement in slavery 147
Index 171
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