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Seditious memories
Contestation and cultural resistance
in Revolution remembered
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The chapter begins the process of understanding the expression of seditious memories by placing them in the context of the Restoration’s politics of memory. This involves viewing seditious memories as ‘counter-memories’ that subverted and resisted efforts by Royalists to secure mnemonic hegemony. The chapter examines the expression of seditious memories to audiences that were expected to disagree in order to show that men and women used such views to legitimise publicly their decisions to support Parliament and the establishment of a Republic. The chapter also shows that the public expression of seditious memories acted as forms of subversive ‘cultural resistance’ by appropriating the identities that Royalists imputed to Parliamentarians and Royalists, and threatening Royalists with a return of civil war and revolution.

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Revolution remembered

Seditious memories after the British civil wars


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