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

By Paul A. Pickering,Alex Tyrrell

the second one half the 19th century witnessed a brand new phenomenon in public monuments and civic ornamentation. while in former occasions public statuary had usually been reserved for 'warriors and statesmen, kings and rulers of men', a brand new pattern was once rising for cities to commemorate their very own electorate. because the matters immortalised in stone and bronze broadened past the conventional ruling sessions to incorporate radicals and reformers, it necessitated a corresponding widening of the language and knowing of public statuary. Contested websites explores the position of those commemorations in radical public existence in Britain. regardless of fresh advances within the knowing of the significance of symbols in public discourse, political monuments have got little cognizance from historians. this is often to be regretted, for commemorations are statements of public id and reminiscence that experience their politics; they're 'embedded in complicated category, gender and tool kinfolk that be sure what's remembered (or forgotten)'. reading monuments, plaques and tombstones commemorating a number of renowned activities and reforming participants, the contributions in Contested websites show the family members that went into the making of public reminiscence in sleek Britain and its radical tradition.

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