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Facing a Difficult Past? The Yser Tower in Dixmude, Belgium

  • "No more war" is the message the Yser Tower Museum in the small Belgian town of Dixmunde tries to convey. It seems as if this war museum which showcases the atrocities of the First World War at an authentic site would like to be a museum for peace. Yet by opting for a pacifist narrative the museum bypasses the complex history of the site itself. It avoids any in-depth discussion about the controversial history of the Yser Tower and its role in the efforts to construct a Flemish nation.

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Document Type:Article
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Author:Maarten Van AlsteinGND
Editor:Joachim von PuttkamerGND, Michal KopečekGND, Włodzimierz BorodziejGND
Publishing Institution:Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung – Institut der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft
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Parent Title (English):Cultures of History Forum
Release Date:2020/02/12
Date of Publication (online):2019/01/08
Date of first Publication:2016/11/16
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Dewey Decimal Classification:9 Geschichte und Geografie / 90 Geschichte
Collections:Cultures of History Forum (Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena)
Belgium; First World War; Flemish history; pacifism; victims
GND Keyword:Belgien; Flamen; Weltkrieg <1914-1918>; Pazifismus; Yserturm Diksmuide; Nationalbewusstsein
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