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Title: War in the Museum: The Historial of the Great War in Péronne and the Military History Museum in Dresden
Author(s): Cercel, Cristian
Parish, Nina
Rowley, Eleanor
Contact Email: n.l.parish@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: war museums
cultural turn
Military History Museum in Dresden
Historial of the Great War
cosmopolitan memory
agonistic memory
Issue Date: 3-Apr-2019
Citation: Cercel C, Parish N & Rowley E (2019) War in the Museum: The Historial of the Great War in Péronne and the Military History Museum in Dresden. Journal of War & Culture Studies, 12 (2), pp. 194-214. https://doi.org/10.1080/17526272.2019.1580846
Abstract: This article examines how contemporary war museums represent war and war-making. It looks at and compares the ideas underpinning the permanent exhibitions of two museums – the Historial of the Great War in Péronne (France) and the Military History Museum (MHM) in Dresden (Germany) –, analyzing examples from the exhibitions to illustrate the argument. It also discusses the architecture of these museums and their respective horizontal and vertical configurations. Our analysis demonstrates that the Historial promotes an anti-war message in the name of European reconciliation whilst the narrative put forward by the MHM allows for the possibility of war. On a theoretical level, it shows that a cosmopolitan mode of remembering, although consensus-oriented, can create surprisingly different political positions whilst suggesting that an agonistic turn in representing war and war-making in the museum, with an onus on multiple, even conflicting, perspectives, can help respond to contemporary challenges related to difficult history.
DOI Link: 10.1080/17526272.2019.1580846
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