Introduction: Sites of Colonial Memory

  • Robert Aldrich


France is a country of powerful symbols. As Roland Barthes famously observed, three of the best known and most beloved buildings in Paris sum up epochs in French history. The cathedral of Notre-Dame bears witness to the medieval power of the church, and to the age of stone and the craftsmen who sculpted it. The Louvre palace is a majestic reminder of the grandeur of the French monarchy before the Revolution. The Tour Eiffel incarnates the age of iron, capitalism and the victorious bourgeoisie.1 Places of symbolic import abound in Paris. The Arc de Triomphe recalls Napoleo0n’s battles, but also shelters the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a casualty of the Great War. The arch stands on the place named for Charles de Gaulle, who in 1944 memorably marched down the boulevard in a parade celebrating the Liberation.


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  • Robert Aldrich
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  1. 1.University of SydneyAustralia

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