Triumph (re-)Imagined: Saddam's Monument to Victory
Authorvan de Ven, A
Source TitleInternational Journal of the Classical Tradition
University of Melbourne Author/svan de Ven, Annelies
AffiliationSchool of Historical and Philosophical Studies
Document TypeJournal Article
Citationsvan de Ven, A. (2020). Triumph (re-)Imagined: Saddam's Monument to Victory. International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 27 (1), pp.112-134. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12138-018-0495-5.
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National narratives are not rootless; they are located in time as well as space.They are also not neutral, and each one carries within it a specific interpretation of the past, its literary and material remains, that is often focused on a particular territorial entity or cultural group. These interpretations form the basis for a national myth and they are incorporated into state ideologies to create a common national identity. The governing bodies of national and cultural groups can reform these historical sites, figures and events as tools to support a desired sense of identity. Through assessing how official interpretations of history are displayed in the public sphere through speeches, monuments or museum displays, we can begin to recreate these narratives and their processes of formation and revision.
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