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Heroes and Victims Maria Bucur

Heroes and Victims

Maria Bucur

Published October 30th 2009
ISBN : 9780253221346
Paperback
376 pages
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Heroes and Victims explores the cultural power of war memorials in 20th-century Romania through two world wars and a succession of radical political changes--from attempts to create pluralist democratic political institutions after World War I toMoreHeroes and Victims explores the cultural power of war memorials in 20th-century Romania through two world wars and a succession of radical political changes--from attempts to create pluralist democratic political institutions after World War I to shifts toward authoritarian rule in the 1930s, to military dictatorships and Nazi occupation, to communist dictatorships, and finally to pluralist democracies with populist tendencies. Examining the interplay of centrally articulated and locally developed commemorations, Maria Bucurs study engages monumental sites of memory, local funerary markers, rituals, and street names as well as autobiographical writings, novels, oral narratives, and film. This book reveals the ways in which a communitys religious, ethnic, economic, regional, and gender traditions shaped local efforts at memorializing its war dead.