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Revolution rememberedSeditious memories after the British civil wars$
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Edward Legon

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526124654

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526124654.001.0001

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The politics of memory after the Restoration

The politics of memory after the Restoration

(p.47) Chapter 3 The politics of memory after the Restoration
Revolution remembered

Edward Legon

Manchester University Press

This chapter outlines how we can understand why men and women risked themselves by expressing seditious memories. It does so by establishing the Restoration’s ‘politics of memory’; that is, the efforts by certain parties, including former parliamentarians and royalists, to gain control of how the events of the 1640s and 1650s were remembered publicly (‘mnemonic hegemony’). It is put forward that, following an attempt to cast the divisions of the wars into oblivion, royalists seized the authority to speak for the past, legitimising thereby the censure and censorship of parliamentarians and republicans. The chapter finishes by measuring the impact of censorship and censure on their targets.

Keywords:   Royalism, mnemonic hegemony, censorship, censure, experience of defeat

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