Forgetting the wars: Australian war memorials and amnesia
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This chapter examines the role of forgetfulness in Australian war memorials. It traces the notion of memory and its relationship with national identity and Anzac as a background to understand what part these play in Australian memorialisation. Forgetfulness is a crucial part of the memory process and its role in inducing social or collective amnesia is assessed as a necessary (if sometimes unsafe) part of war remembrance. Collective amnesia is the product of a number of processes, both official and individual, that work to mask aspects of war represented in war memorial design and in the rituals that accompany war commemoration in memorial spaces.
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