Contested Sites: Commemoration, Memorial and Popular by Paul A. Pickering,Alex Tyrrell

By Paul A. Pickering,Alex Tyrrell

the second one 1/2 the 19th century witnessed a brand new phenomenon in public monuments and civic ornamentation. while in former occasions public statuary had mostly been reserved for 'warriors and statesmen, kings and rulers of men', a brand new development was once rising for cities to commemorate their very own voters. because the matters immortalised in stone and bronze broadened past the conventional ruling periods to incorporate radicals and reformers, it necessitated a corresponding widening of the language and realizing of public statuary. Contested websites explores the function of those commemorations in radical public existence in Britain. regardless of contemporary advances within the knowing of the significance of symbols in public discourse, political monuments have got little cognizance from historians. this can be to be regretted, for commemorations are statements of public identification and reminiscence that experience their politics; they're 'embedded in advanced type, gender and tool family members that make sure what's remembered (or forgotten)'. analyzing monuments, plaques and tombstones commemorating numerous well known pursuits and reforming members, the contributions in Contested websites show the kin that went into the making of public reminiscence in sleek Britain and its radical tradition.

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