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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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Seditious memories: Contestation and cultural resistance

Seditious memories: Contestation and cultural resistance

(p.67) Chapter 4 Seditious memories: Contestation and cultural resistance
Revolution remembered

Edward Legon

Manchester University Press

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.

Keywords:   Counter-memories, public memory, cultural resistance

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