National Symbols and the Politics of Memory: The Prussian Iron Cross of 1813: Its Cultural Context and Its Aftermath

TitleNational Symbols and the Politics of Memory: The Prussian Iron Cross of 1813: Its Cultural Context and Its Aftermath
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsHagemann, Karen
EditorForrest, Alan I., Etienne François, and Karen Hagemann
Book TitleWar Memories: The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Modern European Culture
Pagination215 - 244
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityBasingstoke, UK; New York
Abstract

"Drawing on a fascinating battery of concepts that originate in anthropology and sociology as well as in history, the editors have assembled a team of well-respected historians whose work emphasises the many links between experience and memory, the public and the private, history and fiction, violence and pacification, and between male values and a specifically feminine sensibility that helps to redefine gender difference." - Pierre Serna, Universite Paris 1 - Pantheon Sorbonne, France The memor[ies] of the [French] Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars [were] so powerful across Europe because they constituted a crucial turning point in European history. The military expansion of France ensured that scarcely a corner of Europe remained untouched by the wars and by the political, economic and social changes that accompanied them. This interdisciplinary volume [War Memories: The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Modern European Culture] brings together an international team of experts who study how experiences and memories were transmitted to future generations in European culture and explore the various media through which they passed. This focus allows the authors to examine the intersection between experience and memory, between the private and the public, history and fiction, literature and art, and, most significantly of all, between the memories of the individual, groups, regions, nations, and the continent of Europe. (description from www.betterworldbooks.com/war-memories) Karen Hagemann's included essay on National Symbols and the Politics of Memory: The Prussian Iron Cross of 1813: Its Cultural Context and its Aftermath is one illustration of the impact of this cultural memory.

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