Sites of imperial memory

Commemorating colonial rule in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Edited by Dominik Geppert and Frank Muller

Sites of imperial memory
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9081-3
    • Pages: 296
    • Price: £90.00
    • Published Date: February 2015
    • Series: Studies in Imperialism


    Europe's great colonial empires have long been a thing of the past, but the memories they generated are still all around us. They have left deep imprints on the different memory communities that were affected by the processes of establishing, running and dismantling these systems of imperial rule, and they are still vibrant and evocative today. This volume brings together a collection of innovative and fresh studies exploring different sites of imperial memory - those conceptual and real places where the memories of former colonial rulers and of former colonial subjects have crystallised into a lasting form. The volume explores how memory was built up, re-shaped and preserved across different empires, continents and centuries. It shows how it found concrete expression in stone and bronze, how it adhered to the stories that were told and retold about great individuals and how it was suppressed, denied and neglected.


    'Sites of Imperial Memory contains a mine of new insights and perspectives. It provides a panorama of inspiring case studies from various imperial contexts, covering both metropoles and colonies, and demonstrates how rewarding it can be to anchor memory studies more firmly in the field of imperial history. The volume is particularly strong when it comes to exploring the multiple ways in which the use of symbols and public memory in colonial times intersected with the construction of memory after empire.'
    Jan C. Jansen is a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute Washington, German Historical Institute London Bulletin, Vol. XXXVIII, No 2 (November 2016)


    1. Beyond national memory. Nora's Lieux de Mémoire across an imperial world - Dominik Geppert and Frank Lorenz Müller
    PART I: Monuments
    2. Transmissible sites: monuments, memorials and their visibility on the metropole and periphery - Xavier Guégan
    3. Politics, caste and the remembrance of the Raj: the Obelisk at Koregaon - Shraddha Kumbhojkar
    4. The thirteen martyrs of Arad: a monumental Hungarian history - James Koranyi
    5. Heroes, victims, and the quest for peace: war monuments and the contradictions of Japan's post-imperial commemoration - Barak Kushner
    PART II: Heroes and villains
    6. From the penny press to the plinth: British and French 'heroic imperialists' as sites of memory - Berny Sèbe
    7. Jan Pieterszoon Coen: a man they love to hate. The first governor-general of the Dutch East Indies as an imperial site of memory - Victor Enthoven
    8. The memory of Lord Clive in Britain and beyond: imperial hero and villain - Richard Goebelt
    9. David Livingstone, British protestant missions, memory and empire - John Stuart
    10. Freedom fighter and anti-tsarist rebel: Imam Shamil and imperial memory in Russia - Stefan Creuzberger
    PART III: Remembering and forgetting
    11. From Nehruvian neglect to Bollywood heroes: the memory of the raj in post-war India - Maria Misra
    12. 'Forgive and forget'? The Mau Mau uprising in Kenyan collective memory - Winfried Speitkamp
    13. Exploration and exploitation: German colonial botany at the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin - Katja Kaiser
    14. Recollections of rubber - Frank Uekötter
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    Dominik Geppert is Professor of Modern History at the University of Bonn

    Frank Lorenz Müller is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews

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    Edited by Dominik Geppert, Frank Muller

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