Monuments and memorials have received increasing interest from geographers and other social scientist dealing with nationalism and national identity. Through their location in public space, monuments form part of colloquial political culture. In the Kosovo conflict, myths, symbols, monuments ad other forms of heritage sites have often been at heart of the conflit. The article tries to explain the background for the systematic detruction of heritage sites and monuments carried out by both parties of the conflicts. It also investigates the recent attempts of 'national reconstruction' practiced for example through setting up of memorials for the KLA martyr's at various sites in Kosovo. This is analysed through a perspective of 'banal nationalism'.
|Translated title of the contribution||The secret life of monuments: War memorials as terroritorial markers in Kosovo|
|Journal||Nordisk Samhällsgeografisk Tidsskrift|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
- war memorials
- teritiorial markers