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Glencoe 1692: Ein Massaker als komplexer Erinnerungsort

Koller, C. (2013) Glencoe 1692: Ein Massaker als komplexer Erinnerungsort. Historische Zeitschrift, 296 ((1)). pp. 1-28. DOI: 10.1524/hzhz.2013.0001

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Abstract

This article analyses the 1692 Glencoe massacre, in which royal troops slaughtered dozens of members of the Scottish highland clan Macdonald, as a complex lieu de mémoire. Its complexity stems from several factors. First, it is linked to two conflicting narratives, one of them interpreting the massacre as a result of a clan feud, the other claiming it to be a crime ordered from �outside�. Second, conflicting concepts of �nation� within the United Kingdom have played a role, as well as the fact that Glencoe is at the same time a cultural, political, commercialised and diasporic lieu de mémoire. The massacre served to assure � at different times � Britons (or specific British partisans) of their high level of civilisation, Scots of their oppression by the English, Macdonalds and Campbells of their affiliation to intercontinental solidarity groups. From a conceptual point of view, the case study shows that lieux de mémoire should be analysed departing from their memorial complexity rather than from a preconceived identity (as has been done in many studies influenced by Pierre Nora�s concept of national history). At least three dimensions should be attended to: differing narratives linked to one lieu de mémoire as well as their performative materialisation as memorial culture, different groups participating in the culture linked to a specific lieu de memoire,and different social subsystems impacted by a lieu de mémoire.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 16:45
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 03:08
ISSN: 0018-2613
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/987
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1524/hzhz.2013.0001
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