The Landscape of Historical Memory

The Politics of Museums and Memorial Culture in Post–Martial Law Taiwan

Kirk A. Denton

The Landscape of Historical Memory

Kirk A. Denton

Distributed for Hong Kong University Press

284 pages | 61 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $79.00 ISBN: 9789888528578 Will Publish July 2021 For sale in North America only

The divide between East Asia’s “Blue Camp” (Nationalist Party) and “Green Camp” (Democratic Progressive Party) has stirred considerable debate about how we should remember Cold War politics in East Asia. Recently, that conversation has been focused on museums. The Landscape of Historical Memory contributes to this ongoing dialogue by analyzing not only the presence of the Blue Camp and the Green Camp in Taiwan’s museums but also the state of these museums over the past three decades. The book also considers political involvement in the establishment, architectural design, and historical narratives of museums within the contexts of museums focused on archaeology, history, war, literature, ethnology, and ecosystems; martyrs’ shrines; and memorial halls. By examining the political narratives that surround Taiwan’s museums, The Landscape of Historical Memory offers readers a compelling exploration of how culture, history, and memory shape identities in Taiwan’s postcolonial landscape, the place of museums in a neoliberal economic climate, and the politics of historical memory in an emergent democracy.

Contents
Introduction
1. Taiwan, China, and the National Imaginary: Museums of Premodern History and Archaeology
2. Multicultural History in a Multicultural Taiwan: The National Museum of Taiwan History
3. Commemorating the Dead: The Taipei Martyrs Shrine and 2–28 Memorial Halls
4. White Terror and the Discourse of Peace and Reconciliation: Human Rights Museums
5. KMT Martial Memory: War of Resistance and Cold War Memorial Sites
6. Memory of the Chiang Dynasty: The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and The Two Chiangs Culture Park
7. The “Root of a National Culture”: The National Museum of Taiwan Literature
8. Aboriginal Museums and the Construction of a Taiwanese Identity
9. Local Culture, the Environment, and Place-Making: Ecomuseums
10. Taiwan Intertwined with the World
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index
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