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Female Imperialism and National IdentityImperial Order Daughters of the Empire$
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Katie Pickles

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780719063909

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719063909.001.0001

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‘Other than stone and mortar’: war memorials, memory and imperial knowledge

‘Other than stone and mortar’: war memorials, memory and imperial knowledge

(p.108) Chapter Six ‘Other than stone and mortar’: war memorials, memory and imperial knowledge
Female Imperialism and National Identity

John M. MacKenzie

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the innovative work of the IODE in memorialisation and considers war memorials as producers of identity, tracing the shifts from colonial British space to national Canadian space. Through its war memorials, the IODE has used memory to produce identity, instilling a shared sense of the past and defining aspirations for the future. It has also demonstrated its capacity for insight, initiative and innovation, exerting efforts well beyond the erecting of stone memorials, and was involved in memorialising Canada's part in war through gendered feminine activities concerned with the care and nurture of the national family. Memorialisation was also achieved through the process of naming. Many IODE chapters were named after war heroes or military contingents, while others took the names of battalions to which they were attached. The IODE has known how to utilise education and encourage young minds to perpetuate imperial and national ideology based upon memorialisation.

Keywords:   memorialisation, war memorials, stone memorials, feminine activities, battalions, national ideology

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