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By Pit Péporté, Sonja Kmec, Benoît Majerus, Michel Margue

ISBN-10: 9004181768

ISBN-13: 9789004181762

The grand duchy of Luxembourg is a show off instance for the built nature of nationwide identities. This publication explores this building procedure from the 19th to the twenty-first century, concentrating on representations of the previous, house and languag

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From the individual to the collective (and vice-versa), is not a mere addition of two levels. It results rather from complex interactions, themselves variable in time and space, and closely related to the social conditions of the production of collective representations. 20 The theory of social, or collective, memory was originally developed in the 1920s by Aby Warburg and Maurice Halbwachs and has attracted much attention since. It sheds light on the mechanisms and interactions of memory and collective representations.

26 Although published in 1918, the narrative of the first edition of Herchen’s work ended in 1912. This decision helped the author to avoid discussing the decisions that were damaging to the reputation of the young grand duchess. It was in the summer of 1912 that she refused to sign a major education law under the pressure from the Church. Likewise, the books ends before the German occupation of the First World War, the tumultuous politically-charged disputes between socialists, liberals and conservatives that accompanied it, and the subsequent questions which were raised about monarchical rule in general.

10. Juni 2005, ed. Michel Pauly and François Reinert (Mainz: Philipp von Zabern, 2006), 61–70. the master narrative of luxembourg’s history 39 dent. In retrospect, 1815 is presented as a clear break, even though Herchen expresses his dissatisfaction with most of King William I’s reign and the politics of the period receive the same treatment as the preceding ‘foreign dominations’. Herchen’s teleology was manifested through a variety of different techniques, perhaps the most obvious of which is rhetorical tendency of using the first person pronouns ‘we’ and ‘our’ to refer to the distant past.

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