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  • 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
  • Lisa Maya Knauer

    Andrew Ross

    Cynthia Paces

    Kanishka Goonewardea

    Anna Krylova

    Mary Nolan

    Seltz Daniel

    James Carter

    John Czaplicka

    Teresa Meade

    Irina Carlota Silber

    Yael Zerubavel

    T. M. Scruggs

    Bill Nasson

    Daniel Walkowitz

  • “This outstanding collection of essays pushes the boundaries of our understanding of how memory is a powerful force in political transformations around the world. Informed by theoretical writings, but not weighed down by them, the authors tell compelling stories of struggles over memory in a wide range of places. This volume should be read and pondered not only by those thinking and writing about how societies remember but also by those planners and architects and politicians who are rushing to memorialize our own traumatic events.”—Max Page, author of The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900–1940 — N/A

    “When issues of history and memory are publicly controversial, the controversy almost always takes a highly particular contextual form. Striking in its combination of intellectual depth and refreshingly concrete detail, this volume’s unique contribution is to invite reflection on how quite different situations speak to each other, suggesting more general insights that transcend particular contexts.”—Michael Frisch, author of Portraits in Steel — N/A

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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.

    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

    About The Author(s)

    Daniel J. Walkowitz is Director of College Honors and Professor of History and Metropolitan Studies at New York University.

    Lisa Maya Knauer is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African/African-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

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