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PRISONERS OF HISTORY: WHAT MONUMENTS TO THE SECOND WORLD WAR TELL US ABOUT OUR H

Inspired … Lowe’s sensitive, disturbing book should be compulsory reading for both statue builders and statue topplers’ MAX HASTINGS, SUNDAY TIMES What happens when our values change, but what we have set in stone does not?

Humankind has always had the urge to memorialise, to make physical testaments to the past. There’s just one problem: when we carve a statue or put up a monument, it can wind up holding us hostage to bad history.

In this extraordinary history book, Keith Lowe uses monuments from around the world to show how different countries have attempted to sculpt their history in the wake of the Second World War, and what these memorials reveal about their politics and national identity today.

Amongst many questions, the book asks: What does Germany signal to today’s far right by choosing not to disclose the exact resting place of Hitler? How can a bronze statue of a young girl in Seoul cause mass controversy? What is Russia trying to prove and hide, still building victory monuments at a prolific rate for a war now seventy years over?

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ISBN 9780008339586
Weight (kgs.) 0.27
Author LOWE, KEITH
Publisher HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS UK
Publication Date May 12, 2021
Book Size (cm.) 19.8 x 12.9
Language English
File Size 0.00
Number of Pages 320
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