La guerre civile: Entre Histoire et Mémoire

TitleLa guerre civile: Entre Histoire et Mémoire
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1995
Series EditorMartin, Jean-Clément
Number of Pages247
PublisherOuest éditions

In 1995, the former Yugoslavia is undergoing a civil war. Other European nations have lived through this drama: France in 1789-1799, 1848, 1871, 1940-1944; Spain between 1936-1939; Italy from 1942-1944. Three countries which live with a painful past, buried in memories, but unforgettable. Because it is urgent to recognize the characteristics of civil war--this confrontation so badly described up to the present--it is necessary to remember these grave historical moments, to seek understanding of the mechanisms that created them. Next we must uncover the processes that determine how we remember these events--our attitudes, our convictions--so many indelible traces that our museums bear witness to. This work contains the proceedings of a colloquium entitled "Civil war between History and Memory," which took place in October 1994 at La Roche-sur-Yon (Vendée), attended by top specialists from Spain, Great Britain, Italy, and France. The goal of this international meeting was to explore this tragic dark zone that is civil war, in proposing a comparative reading in this part of southern Europe where ideologies, passions, and hateful memories have durably divided societies. This number 21 is, to a certain extent, a logical follow-up to number 20, dedicated to war and repression, in the Vendée and the wider world. It forms part of the necessary collective reflection needed surrounding the violence of war which is the reality of our age. [Translation of book jacket.]

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