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By Paul A. Pickering,Alex Tyrrell

the second one 1/2 the 19th century witnessed a brand new phenomenon in public monuments and civic ornamentation. while in former instances public statuary had mostly been reserved for 'warriors and statesmen, kings and rulers of men', a brand new development was once rising for cities to commemorate their very own voters. because the topics immortalised in stone and bronze broadened past the conventional ruling periods to incorporate radicals and reformers, it necessitated a corresponding widening of the language and figuring out of public statuary. Contested websites explores the function of those commemorations in radical public lifestyles in Britain. regardless of contemporary advances within the figuring out of the significance of symbols in public discourse, political monuments have acquired little realization from historians. this can be to be regretted, for commemorations are statements of public identification and reminiscence that experience their politics; they're 'embedded in advanced classification, gender and tool family members that verify what's remembered (or forgotten)'. interpreting monuments, plaques and tombstones commemorating various renowned events and reforming participants, the contributions in Contested websites demonstrate the kin that went into the making of public reminiscence in glossy Britain and its radical tradition.

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