Chapter 10 Iconoclasm and Imperial Symbols: The Gough and Victoria Monuments in Ireland and the British World, 1880-1990Derek N. Boetcher Chapter 11Monuments of Refugee Identity: Pain, Unity and Belonging in Three Monuments of Cappadocian GreeksZeliha Nilüfer Nahya and Saim ÖrnekChapter 12Kindertransports in National and International MemoryAmy WilliamsChapter 13A Cubist Portrait of Christopher Columbus: Studying Monuments as Transcultural WorksChiara Grilli Section 5: Monument Culture: Ambiguities and Alternatives Chapter 14Visible Differently: Roni Horn’s Vatnasafn/Library of Water as Memorial Elliot KrasnopolerChapter 15Monuments and Other Things that Change: Several Attempts at Titling a Photograph Masha VlasovaChapter 16 Illegal Monuments: Memorials between Crime and State EndorsementNauskiaä El-Mecky Chapter 17Transnational Social Media Monuments, Counter Monuments, and the Future of the Nation-StateJohnny AlamSection 6: Monument Culture: Strategies and Actions Chapter 18Citizens as Walking Memorials: Rethinking the Monument Genre in the 21st Century Tanja SchultChapter 19Exhibiting Spectacle and Recasting Memory: Commemorating the First World War in New ZealandKingsley BairdChapter 20Dealing with a Dictatorial Past: Fascist Monuments and Conflicting Memory in Contemporary ItalyFlaminia BartoliniChapter 21Avoiding Iconoclasm: How the Counter-Monument Could Settle a Monumental Debate Scott McDonaldSection 7: Monument Culture Closing EssayChapter 22On Creating a Useable Future: An Introduction to Future MonumentsEvander Price
Monument Culture makes a valuable contribution that moves beyond the superficial debates around “do monuments teach us history.” For public historians seeking to engage with monuments and public commemoration, the book offers an excellent opportunity to consider this issue from a range of perspectives
A public historian and scholar of art and culture, Macaluso presents global perspectives on the meaning and use of monuments and memorials and the broader categorization of monument culture and its shifting terrain internationally. The book's 20 essays address monuments in terms of landscape, people, and sense of place; trauma and violence/reconciliation and reparation; migration and identity; the practice of monuments (away from the built environment and toward installations, ephemera, and social media); and controversy and difficult histories. Many contributions, along with the opening and closing essays, overlap in addressing these five themes and thereby demonstrate how contemporary monument culture is concerned universally with constructions of identity, community, and history. Varied in methodology, literary style, and disciplinary approach, the essays bring together scholarship and artistic and social practice from seven continents and a number of academic fields. Offering brief, thoughtful, and enriching case studies that demonstrate the possibilities of an informed understanding of monuments yesterday, today, and tomorrow, Monument Culture will interest students and scholars of history, public history, public art, and engaged social practice as well as those in the cultural heritage sector.Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers.— Choice Reviews
Countering this are signs of a growing sense of transnational solidarity directed at promoting human rights in the present and correcting commemorative injustices. But these same forces can be used to advance very different causes. The so-called “good Fascism”, as Macaluso puts it, on offer in heritage-rich Italy resonates with Trump’s equivocal response to Charlottesville. . . And that’s precisely why we need books such as Monument Culture. Its many clever contributors help us prepare for that fateful day when the late, great Trump mutates from bile into bronze. For every person cheering his erection, someone else will be trying to tear it down. But, hey, that’ll be OK. After all, there are sure to be “very fine people on both sides”.