The Suvorov Cross, raised in 1899 in memory of the fallen Russian soldiers crossing the Alps in 1799, remains one of the iconic tourist places.
Despite its limitations, perhaps etymology can point to subterranean connections between words, spark possibilities for reflection and, thus, create or make explicit neglected semantic possibilities?
The meaning and function of historical monuments and symbols depends from many and manifold variables: formal features, location, social discourses, historical and political context.
Lévesque agrees with Nora’s explanation for the repeated attacks against monumental figures all over the world: the “general politization of history”.
How should governments respond to demands for removing historic monuments and renaming sites of memory? What role could historical consciousness play with respect...
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Should yet another monument in Berlin commemorate the Polish victims of the Second World War; in this case Polish citizens who suffered and died during the last war at the hands of German occupants?
Charlottesville 2017. The Belgian press took over the topic a few days later and returned to the issue of monuments and street names: l’héritage colonial.
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Historic monuments are making the news. The removal of Confederacy leaders’ statues has provoked reaction in the USA. In Australia, at the same time, news that vandals had defaced the Captain Cook statue in Sydney, garnered attention.
The bombing of Dresden in 1945 has been interpreted as a barbarian destruction of an “innocent city” - until today. The “Monument” by the Syrian-German artist, M. Halbouni, challenges this remembrance.
The ensuing issue of modern forms of monuments that are appropriate for the 21st century has seldom been addressed in history teaching. That must be questioned.
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