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Commemorations : the politics of national identity / edited by John R. Gillis
Bib ID 1463680
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Description Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1994 
xii, 290 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 0691032009 (acid-free paper) (cloth) (cloth acid-free paper)
0691029253 (paperback)
Summary

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.

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  • Introduction: Memory and Identity: The History of a Relationship / R. Gillis
  • Ch. I. Is "Identity" a Useful Cross-Cultural Concept? / Richard Handler
  • Ch. II. Identity, Heritage, and History / David Lowenthal
  • Ch. III. National Memory in Early Modern England / David Cressy
  • Ch. IV. Public Memory in an American City: Commemoration in Cleveland / John Bodnar
  • Ch. V. The Museum and the Politics of Social Control in Modern Iraq / Eric Davis
  • Ch. VI. The Historic, the Legendary, and the Incredible: Invented Tradition and Collective Memory in Israel / Yael Zerubavel
  • Ch. VII. The Politics of Memory: Black Emancipation and the Civil War Monument / Kirk Savage
  • Ch. VIII. Memory and Naming in the Great War / Thomas W. Laqueur
  • Ch. IX. The War Dead and the Gold Star: American Commemoration of the First World War / G. Kurt Piebler
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Nationalism -- History.  |  Ethnicity -- History.  |  Memory -- Social aspects -- History.  |  National characteristics -- History.
Other authors/contributors Gillis, John R

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