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National monument
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National monuments in the broadest sense are large sculptural or architectural objects that symbolically evoke a community that perceives itself as a nation, or are themselves intended to engender such an “imagined order.” They may express a society’s understanding of itself and serve the public dissemination of political, cultural, and social values or ideas by calling to mind historical figures, groups, and events or representing an idea. Such sacral places of commemoration may be structures of a wide range of types, including columns, temples, or churches.

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Freytag, Nils, “National monument”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024547>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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