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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.
|Studies in labour history : general editor's preface|
|List of figures|
|Notes on contributors|
|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|
Posted July 7, 2014