First World War commemorations in Belgium and the Netherlands: Comparative perspectives

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Memory of the First World War is refracted through that of other conflicts.
Although these are the first ‘global’ commemorations, national narratives and
politics loom large. Commemoration is still dominated by national framing. If the
role of war commemoration is to create an affective link between state and citizen,
then on the evidence of contestation derived from Belgium, the Netherlands and
beyond, we may conclude that it operates more at an individual, local and national
level than a consciously European or global one.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-109
Number of pages11
JournalBMGN - Low Countries Historical Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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