The Contested memorial cultures of post-Liberation France: polemical responses to the legal purge of collaborators, 1944-c.1954


Tumblety, Joan (2013) The Contested memorial cultures of post-Liberation France: polemical responses to the legal purge of collaborators, 1944-c.1954. In, Tumblety, Joan (ed.) Memory and History: Understanding Memory as Source and Subject. Abingdon, GB, Routledge. (Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources).

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The chapter shows the workings of ‘counter-memory’ in relation to the legal purge of collaborators in France (1944-1951), using as source material trial transcripts, legal polemic, the periodical press, memoir-histories and history novels to analyse the strategies used in its construction. The aim is to illustrate the interplay between individual memory, social acts of commemoration and historical memory. The author concludes that the attempt on the part of a disgruntled few to mobilize a shared sense of the past in an attack on the dominant memorial culture around the war demonstrates an interpenetration of past experience and present concerns characteristic of ‘memory politics’ in general.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 0415677122 (paperback)
9780415677127 (paperback)
9780415677110 (hardback)
9780203552490 (electronic)
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Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DC France
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History
ePrint ID: 344223
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2012 16:22
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:26
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/344223

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