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Memorials in the Aftermath of Armed Conflict

From History to Heritage

  • Marie Louise Stig Sørensen
  • Dacia Viejo-Rose
  • Paola Filippucci
Book

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)

About this book

Introduction

Through case studies from Europe and Russia, this volume analyses memorials as a means for the present to make claims on the past in the aftermath of armed conflict. The central contention is that memorials are not backward-looking, inert reminders of past events, but instead active triggers of personal and shared emotion, that are inescapably political, bound up with how societies reconstruct their present and future as they negotiate their way out of (and sometimes back into) conflict. A central aim of the book is to highlight and illustrate the cultural and ethical complexity of memorials, as focal points for a tension between the notion of memory as truth, and the practice of memory as negotiable. By adopting a relatively bounded temporal and spatial scope, the volume seeks to move beyond the established focus on national traditions, to reveal cultural commonalities and shared influences in the memorial forms and practices of individual regions and of particular conflicts.   

Keywords

Memorialization Practices Monuments Commemoration Heritage and the City Cultural Heritage Sites

Editors and affiliations

  • Marie Louise Stig Sørensen
    • 1
  • Dacia Viejo-Rose
    • 2
  • Paola Filippucci
    • 3
  1. 1.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  3. 3.Murray Edwards CollegeUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

About the editors

Marie Louise Stig Sørensen is Professor of European Prehistory and Heritage Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK and Professor of Bronze Age studies at Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Dacia Viejo-Rose is Lecturer in Heritage and the Politics of the Past at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Paola Filippucci is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, UK.

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