Remembering Independence

Remembering Independence

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Remembering Independence explores the commemoration and remembrance of independence following the great wave of decolonisation after the Second World War. Drawing on case studies from Africa, Asia, and with reference to the Pacific, the authors find that remembering independence was, and still is, highly dynamic. From flag-raising moments to the present day, the transfer of authority from colonial rule to independent nation-states has served as a powerful mnemonic focal point.
Remembering independence, in state as well as non-state constructions, connects to changing contemporary purposes and competing politic visions. Independence is a flexible idea, both a moment in time and a project, a carrier of hopes and ideals of social justice and freedom, but also of disappointments and frustrated futures.
This richly illustrated volume draws attention to the broad range of media employed in remembering independence, ranging from museums and monuments to textual, oral and ritual formats of commemorative events, such as national days. Combining insights from history and anthropology, this book will be essential reading for all students of the history of empire, decolonisation, and post-colonial politics of memory.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 57 Halftones, black and white; 8 Tables, black and white; 57 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138905739
  • 9781138905733

Table of contents

Introduction: Remembering Independence: theory and case 2. National Days: Recent Remembering 3. Contested Memories: Founders and Heroes 4. Shifting Time-frames: The Multiple Meanings of Independence 5. Reflections
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About Carola Lentz

Carola Lentz is professor of anthropology at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz (Germany). Her research focuses on West Africa, and questions of ethnicity and nationalism, colonial and post-colonial history, land rights, the emergence of a middle class, and the politics of memory. Her latest book Land, Mobility and Belonging in West Africa (2013) received the Melville Herskovits Award by the African Studies Association of the US. She is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
David Lowe is professor of contemporary history at Deakin University, Geelong (Australia). He is a historian of modern international relations, including decolonisation, the Cold War, and the rise of foreign aid. His book, Remembering the Cold War (2013), with Tony Joel, was the first in the Routledge Remembering the Modern World series. He is a member of the Academy for the Social Sciences in Australia.
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