The politics of memory: Commemorating the centenary of the First World War

Joan Beaumont*

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    This symposium examines how the centenary of the First World War has been marked in five countries: Australia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Given their distinctive national historical experiences and political cultures, the metanarratives of the war in these countries differ; as does the relationship between the state and sub-state actors in memory making. However, in each case the commemorations of the war have been shaped by a negotiation between the state and other agents of memory at the sub-state level. National memory has also been consciously projected into international relations, through carefully orchestrated anniversary ceremonies and performative memorial diplomacy. But, despite these transnational commemorative practices, the centenary of the war remains predominantly framed within local and national imaginings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)529-535
    Number of pages7
    JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2015


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