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Collective historical experience, memory and social history of monument

By Keun-sik Jung


In any society, state and social assemblages take on the responsibility to engage in activities of praise and commemoration of their historical past. In recent times, revolution, war, or liberation from colonial rule have been the main themes of grand commemorative projects. On the one hand, such projects are an expression of a collective identity and on the other hand, they have a political authority by presenting prudently selected symbols of its historical tradition, sufferings and triumph, and hopes of a bright future. The symbolic materials by which this collective identity is constructed and strengthened are diverse. Such symbolic materials may be formed anew according to collective memory or created, by using the former one in a different context and giving it new symbolic meaning in the changing history..

Publisher: Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies
Year: 1998
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