9789462701793-9462701792-The Leopard, the Lion, and the Cock: Colonial Memories and Monuments in Belgium

The Leopard, the Lion, and the Cock: Colonial Memories and Monuments in Belgium

ISBN-13: 9789462701793
ISBN-10: 9462701792
Author: Stanard, Matthew G.
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Leuven University Press
Format: Paperback 350 pages
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ISBN-13: 9789462701793
ISBN-10: 9462701792
Author: Stanard, Matthew G.
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Leuven University Press
Format: Paperback 350 pages

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Acknowledged authors Stanard, Matthew G. wrote The Leopard, the Lion, and the Cock: Colonial Memories and Monuments in Belgium comprising 350 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 9462701792 and 9789462701793. Since then The Leopard, the Lion, and the Cock: Colonial Memories and Monuments in Belgium textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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The degree to which the late colonial era affected Europe has been for long underappreciated, and only recently have European countries started to acknowledge not having come to terms with decolonization. In Belgium, the past two decades have witnessed a growing awareness of the controversial episodes in the country's colonial past. This volume examines the long-term effects and legacies of the colonial era on Belgium after 1960, the year the Congo gained its independence, and calls into question memories of the colonial past by focusing on the meaning and place of colonial monuments in public space.

The book foregrounds the enduring presence of "empire" in everyday Belgian life in the form of permanent colonial markers in bronze and stone, lieux de mémoires of the country's history of overseas expansion. By means of photographs and explanations of major pro-colonial memorials, as well as several obscure ones, the book reveals the surprising degree to which Belgium became infused with a colonialist spirit during the colonial era. Another key component of the analysis is an account of the varied ways that both Dutch- and French-speaking Belgians approached the colonial past after 1960, treating memorials variously as objects of veneration, with indifference, or as symbols to be attacked or torn down. The book provides a thought-provoking reflection on culture, colonialism, and the remainders of empire in Belgium after 1960.

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