Memorial landscapes

Like my first post, this one comes from materials I prepared for and use in my intro course on human geography. It is also a short mini-lecture I recorded in 2015, and examines two (three, actually) specific places – the Canadian National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (as well as the Vimy Ridge battlefield and memorial in France) and the Neue Wache in Berlin, Germany. These are all examples of memorial landscapes related to social memory and political representation of war and national sacrifice, but in very different ways. I discuss the concept of landscape in relation to place and scale briefly and then discuss the specifics of these three memorials in more detail. I’ve also provided the transcript of the recording here. The image above is from the wikimedia commons.

Two monuments

Transcript: monuments-transcript

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