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Memory and the Impact of Political Transformation in Public Space
     

Memory and the Impact of Political Transformation in Public Space

by Daniel Walkowitz, Lisa Maya Knauer, Lisa Maya Knauer
 

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ISBN-10: 0822333643

ISBN-13: 9780822333647

Pub. Date: 11/30/2004

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Memory and the Impact of Political Transformation in Public Space explores the effects of major upheavals—wars, decolonization, and other social and economic changes—on the ways in which public histories are presented around the world. Examining issues related to public memory in twelve countries, the histories collected here cut across political

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Memory and the Impact of Political Transformation in Public Space explores the effects of major upheavals—wars, decolonization, and other social and economic changes—on the ways in which public histories are presented around the world. Examining issues related to public memory in twelve countries, the histories collected here cut across political, cultural, and geographic divisions. At the same time, by revealing recurring themes and concerns, they show how basic issues of history and memory transcend specific sites and moments in time. A number of the essays look at contests over public memory following two major political transformations: the wave of liberation from colonial rule in much of Africa, Asia, and Central and South America during the second half of the twentieth century and the reorganization of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet bloc beginning in the late 1980s.

This collection expands the scope of what is considered public history by pointing to silences and absences that are as telling as museums and memorials. Contributors remind us that for every monument that is erected, others—including one celebrating Sri Lanka’s independence and another honoring the Unknown Russian Soldier of World War II—remain on the drawing board. While some sites seem woefully underserved by a lack of public memorials—as do post–Pinochet Chile and post–civil war El Salvador—others run the risk of diluting meaning through overexposure, as may be happening with Israel’s Masada. Essayists examine public history as it is conveyed not only in marble and stone but also through cityscapes and performances such as popular songs and parades.

Contributors
James Carter
John Czaplicka
Kanishka Goonewardena
Lisa Maya Knauer
Anna Krylova
Teresa Meade
Bill Nasson
Mary Nolan
Cynthia Paces
Andrew Ross
Daniel Seltz
T. M. Scruggs
Irina Carlota Silber
Daniel J. Walkowitz
Yael Zerubavel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822333647
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
11/30/2004
Series:
Radical Perspectives
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

About the Series vii

Introduction / Lisa Maya Knauer and Daniel J. Walkowitz 1

Monuments: Built and Unbuilt 19

Wallace's Monument and the Resumption of Scotland / Andrew Ross 21

The Fall and Rise of Prague's Marian Column / Cynthia Paces 47

Aborted Identity: The Commission and Omission of a Monument to the Nation, Sri Lanka, circa 1989 / Kanishka Goonewardena 65

Dancing on the Graves of the Dead: Building a World War II Memorial in Post-Soviet Russia / Anna Krylova 83

Museums 103

The Politics of Memory in the Bonn and Berlin Republics / Mary Nolan 105

Remembering the War and the Atomic Bombs: New Museums, New Approaches / Daniel Seltz 127

Cityscapes 147

Touring Harbin's Pasts / James Carter 149

The Palace Ruins and Putting the Lithuanian Nation into Place: Historical Stagings in Vilnius / John Czaplicka 167

Memory Sites: Marked and Unmarked 189

Holding the Junta Accountable: Chile's "Sitios de Memoria" and the History of Torture, Disappearance, and Death / Teresa Meade 191

Commemorating the Past in Postwar El Salvador / Irina Carlota Silber 211

The Politics of Remembrance and the Consumption of Space: Masada in Israeli Memory / Yael Zerubavel 233

Performative Commemorations 253

Music, Memory, and the Politics of Erasure in Nicaragua / T.M. Scruggs 255

Commemorating the Anglo-Boer War in Postapartheid South Africa / Bill Nasson 277

Bibliography 295

Discography 315

Notes on Contributors 317

Index 321

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