Memory Cultures of War in European War Museums

Stefan Berger, Anna Cento Bull, Cristian Cercel, David Clarke, Nina Parish, Eleanor Rowley, Zofia Wóycicka

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In this chapter we analyse a number of war museums across Europe, in order to assess the extent to which national(istic) narratives are being subverted and challenged by cosmopolitan and/or agonistic ones. While the representation of violent conflict in war museums lends itself very easily to adversarial contrapositions of friends and foe, it can also foreground the suffering inflicted upon both civilians and soldiers from all warring sides, or indeed highlight dissensus and contestation, offering multiple perspectives including those of the perpetrators and bystanders. This chapter also explores audiences’ motivations, experiences and emotional states, in order to understand the kind of emotions elicited by the different modes of representations, as well as the emotional responses experienced by the visitors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgonistic Memory and the Legacy of 20th Century Wars of Europe
EditorsS. Berger, W. Kansteiner
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages46
ISBN (Electronic)9783030860554
ISBN (Print)9783030860547
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jan 2022

Publication series

NamePalgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
ISSN (Print)2634-6257
ISSN (Electronic)2634-6265

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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