London Remembers: The Bomber Command Memorial and Recent Memories of War in the British Capital

in London post-2010 in British Literature and Culture
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Recent events in London have emphasised the fact that the commemoration of the two world wars of the 20th century represents a particularly significant but also touchy aspect of the British collective memory. Concentrating on the monuments and statuary which contribute to the city’s commemorative topography this essay aims to explore the ideologically sensitive zones in the centre of London. The discussion focuses on the cultural practices instrumental in claiming significant parts of wider Westminster as places of national memory. Particular space is given to the discussion of the controversial Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park and the subtle shift it marks in London’s memory of the wars.

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