Our Scottish past: commemorations
in Warrior dreams
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This chapter investigates commemorations of Scottish history. It focuses on the public, festive, and spectacular forms which have multiplied with the late twentieth-century memory boom. The chapter examines a French festival which commemorates the late medieval Scottish noblemen who fought for the French king. This event, with its bewildering mixture of attractions, was explicitly set up to attract tourists. Many commemorative events recall the two world wars. The chapter provides an overview of the different commemorative events in Europe. It identifies some of the historical periods that have been chosen for commemoration. The chapter ends with a visit to Flanders, where local enthusiasts have erected a monument to the Scottish soldiers who fell in the First World War. It appears that commemorations of the Scottish past can become political statements in specific contexts.

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