Wrecks to relics: Battle remains and the formation of a battlescape, Sha’ar HaGai, Israel

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National memory features prominently in the geopolitics of national identity. As is often the case, the question ‘who we are’ is often answered in terms of the answer to the question ‘where do we come from?'. Potentially contested and susceptible to revisions, national memory represents an ongoing process aimed at the production of historical consciousness. Notably, national memory is culturally manifest in the form of a space-time matrix of commemorations that reproduce and introduce history as a contemporary cultural experience (Foote and Azaryahu 2007). In particular, the geography of memory locates history and its representations in space and landscape. As Nuala Johnson observed, ‘space or more particularly territory is as intrinsic to memory as historical consciousness in the definition of national identity’ (1995: 55). Linking together history, memory and territory is essential for the conceptualization of a land as a homeland. No wonder, then, that landscapes and sites that cast a certain version of history into a mold of commemorative permanence belong to the symbolic foundations of modern nationhood (Smith 1991). When associated with historical events and pertaining to national memory, such landscapes and sites conflate historical events and contemporary sights, and in this semiotic capacity substantiate the nation in space (territory) and in time (history and memory).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMemory, Place and Identity
Subtitle of host publicationCommemoration and remembrance of war and conflict
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781317411345
ISBN (Print)9781138923218
StatePublished - 20 May 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 selection and editorial material, Danielle Drozdzewski, Sarah De Nardi and Emma Waterton.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Social Sciences


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