Historical questions


  • Laurence van Ypersele (Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve): Tourisme de mémoire, usages et mésusages: le cas de la Première Guerre mondiale (pdf) [Memory Tourism, use and misuse: the case of the First World War]

    Ruins and battlefields of the First World War will immediately become allegories of the whole of the combatants and of the pain of the nation. Disseminated by propaganda, images of disaster accuse the enemy and become the visible symbol of national sacrifice. But it is only after the war that tourism really unfolds and only according to various logical and ambiguous times: families and veterans come on pilgrimage to the places where friends and family perished, the curious ones come to confront their imagination to reality, while the victims hope to rebuild they lives thanks to the contribution of the pilgrims and the curious.







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