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Museums and Nationalism in Croatia, Hungary, and Turkey

ISBN 9780367512477
Published November 16, 2021 by Routledge
128 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Museums and Nationalism in Croatia, Hungary, and Turkey draws attention to museums as political productions of the nation-state and shows how they can be shaped by the political forces that rule a country.

Drawing on case studies and interviews from Croatia, Hungary, and Turkey, the book investigates how the past has been exploited to serve the interests of nationalism in the twenty-first century, and how museums themselves are exploited to serve nationalist ideologies. Posocco argues that, in a world of nation-states where nationalism is the dominant ideology, all museums are national museums, even when they aren't. In this perspective, they can (and do, in the case studies under analysis in this book) become the cultural offshoots of political wars, places where the national past is contested, rewritten, and sometimes even created from scratch, and finally exhibited. Paying particular attention to the decision-making and economic aspects of the museum, the book also examines the micro-sociological and political aspects, which will be the foundation for further reflections on the macro dynamics of museum-making in other countries and contexts

Museums and Nationalism in Croatia, Hungary, and Turkey provides rare and interesting insights into how museums materialise culture in the service of nationalism. The book will be of interest to those engaged in the study of museums, heritage, nationalism, memory and politics, as a result.

Table of Contents

List of Figures; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Nationalism’s Way Through the Museum; Chapter 1. Nationalism and the Museum; Chapter 2. Methodology; Chapter 3. Nationalism and Museums in Hungary; Chapter 4. Nationalism and Museums in Turkey; Chapter 5. Nationalism and Museums in Croatia; Chapter 6. Final Thoughts; Bibliography; Index.

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Lorenzo Posocco holds a dual PhD in Sociology from the University College Dublin (UCD) and Political Science from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Paris (EHESS). He was visiting researcher in Istanbul at Yeditepe University and Graz at the Centre for Southeast European Studies. Currently, he is a research assistant in UCD and collaborates with the University of Rome Tor Vergata where he teaches in the Department of History, Cultural Heritage, Education and Society.