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By Efrat Ben-Ze'ev, Ruth Ginio, Jay Winter

Silence lies among forgetting and remembering. This publication explores how varied societies have developed silences to allow women and men to outlive and make experience of the catastrophic outcomes of armed clash. utilizing various disciplinary techniques, it examines the silences that experience violence in twentieth-century Europe, the center East, and Africa. those essays convey that silence is a robust language of remembrance and commemoration and a cultural perform with its personal principles. This broad-ranging ebook discloses the universality of silence within the methods we expect approximately battle via examples starting from the Spanish Civil warfare and the Israeli-Palestinian clash to the Armenian Genocide and South Africa's fact and Reconciliation fee. Bringing jointly scholarship on assorted practices in numerous cultures, this ebook breaks new flooring within the significant literature on reminiscence, and opens up new avenues of mirrored image and examine at the lingering aftermath of struggle.

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46 Silence here is another word for lying about the past, a practice which shows no sign of going out of fashion. While taking account of such practices, we do not wish to reduce all forms of silence to this level. Silence, like shadows, best describes the grey areas of the past. There are always people in a position to violate codes of silence, in a way denied to or rejected by the rest of us. Madmen, actors, comedians, holy men, poets, troubadours frequently occupy liminal positions within society, and sometimes manage to say the unsayable, and live to tell the tale again.

5 Being both aware and (at least publicly) unaware of something at the same time implies a certain amount of denial, yet studying conspiracies of silence requires approaching this notoriously elusive concept from a sociological rather than a more traditional psychological perspective. Whereas psychologists are essentially interested in the intrapersonal dynamics of blocking information from entering individuals’ awareness, a sociology of denial would highlight the interpersonal dynamics of keeping it from entering their public discourse.

Only the great or the powerful were immortalised in stone or on canvas. But by the twentieth century, war had become everyone’s business. The extension of casualty lists to the thousands, then to millions, made commemoration much more difficult. The question arose as to how to glorify those who die in war without glorifying war itself? One way to do so is to ensure that the names of everyone – and not only the generals – are listed and honoured. And yet even this format does not solve all the problems of remembering war in the modern age.

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