Hotspot War Memorial
World War I marked the entry of the 20th century into mass slaughter. To preserve the memory of all the soldiers who died for France, war memorials were erected throughout the country at the beginning of the 1920s. Endowed with multiple forms and meanings, they are a precious testimony to post-war mentalities.
Several historians have highlighted the various meanings of these monuments in response to the need for mourning for families and the need to commemorate the French Republic's victory for the government. Far from being the silent witnesses of the country's past, they question the French about how they transmit and maintain their collective memory.
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