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War and Memory in Lebanon


  • Page extent: 280 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.52 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 956.9204/4
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: DS87.5 .H384 2010
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Lebanon--History--Civil War, 1975-1990--Influence
    • Collective memory--Lebanon
    • Memory--Social aspects--Lebanon
    • War and society--Lebanon
    • Lebanon--Social conditions

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521199025)

From 1975 to 1990, Lebanon endured one of the most protracted and bloody civil wars of the twentieth century. Sune Haugbolle's book chronicles the battle over ideas that emerged from the wreckage of that war. While the Lebanese state encouraged forgetfulness and political parties created sectarian interpretations of the war through cults of dead leaders, intellectuals and activists - inspired by the example of truth and reconciliation movements in different parts of the world - advanced the idea that confronting and remembering the war was necessary for political and cultural renewal. Through an analysis of different cultural productions - media, art, literature, film, posters, and architecture - the author shows how the recollection and reconstruction of political and sectarian violence that took place during the war have helped in Lebanon's healing process. He also shows how a willingness to confront the past influenced the popular uprising in Lebanon after the assassination of Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

• Includes emotional memories and life stories which make it highly readable • Gives readers rich insights into daily life and cultural consumption in the Middle East • Allows readers to understand the connection between cultural production and politics in the Middle East


Prologue: a hiatus of history; 1. Remembering a war of selves and others; 2. Culture, politics, civil war; 3. Discourses on amnesia and reconstruction: memory in the 1990s; 4. Nostalgias; 5. Inside violence; 6. Sectarian memory cultures; 7. Truth telling in the Independence Intifada; Conclusion.


'With great analytical skill, Haugbolle presents a fascinating account of the different ways in which the Lebanese remember their civil wars in opposition to an official stance that, far from seeking truth and reconciliation, attempts to distort the memories and even obliterate them from popular culture.' Michael Johnson, Former Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Sussex and the author of All Honourable Men: The Social Origins of War in Lebanon

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