History, Commemoration and National Preoccupation: Trafalgar 1805-2005

Paperback | June 14, 2007

EditorHolger Hoock

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This volume explores the commemoration of the Battle of Trafalgar and Admiral Lord Nelson's death over the past two centuries. It includes the extraordinary celebrations of 2005, which saw hundreds of official, commercial, and popular events celebrating and commemorating the bicentenary ofTrafalgar and the death of Nelson. Leading historians of Britain and France, reflect critically on the complex notions of remembrance, celebration, honouring, and commemoration. Taking historical snapshots of the commemoration of Nelson at his death, in 1905, and in contemporary Britain, the contributors ask: who drives thecommemoration of historical anniversaries and to what ends? Which Nelson, or Nelsons, have had a role in national memory over the past two centuries? And who identifies with Nelson today? Focusing on Britain, but looking also at imperial and French contexts, the papers consider how memoirs, history writing, visual and modern media and museums, and official and unofficial interests, contribute to keeping and shaping memory. As the changing manner of memorializing key moments innational history allows historians to study cultural meanings and interpretations of national identity, the contributors assembled in this volume exhort the wider profession to engage critically with 'public history'.This innovative work in the history of memory and commemoration will be of interest not only to the specialist scholar but also to those with general interests in naval, maritime, cultural and public history.

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This volume explores the commemoration of the Battle of Trafalgar and Admiral Lord Nelson's death over the past two centuries. It includes the extraordinary celebrations of 2005, which saw hundreds of official, commercial, and popular events celebrating and commemorating the bicentenary ofTrafalgar and the death of Nelson. Leading hist...

Holger Hoock is a Lecturer in British Cultural History at the University of Liverpool.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:140 pages, 9.69 × 6.77 × 0.39 inPublished:June 14, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780197264065

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Ludmilla Jordanova: Marking TimeColin White: 'His dirge our groans - his monument our praise': Official and Popular Commemoration of Nelson in 1805/6Bertrand Taithe: Remembering Victory - Commemorating Defeat? The Franco-British Trafalgar Centenary in 1905John Mackenzie: Nelson the Hero and Horatio the Lover: Projections of the Myth in Canada, the Cinema, and CultureMark Connelly: Trafalgar: Back on the Map of British Popular Culture? Assessing the 2005 BicentenaryMargarette Lincoln and Martin Daunton: The National Maritime Museum's 2005 exhibition, Nelson and Napoleon: Intention and ReceptionPeter Hicks: The Battle of Austerlitz, Collective Amnesia, and the Non-Commemoration of Napoleon in France