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.
Lisa Maya Knauer
T. M. Scruggs
Irina Carlota Silber
Daniel J. Walkowitz
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 336
"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
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