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The Landscape of Historical MemoryThe Politics of Museums and Memorial Culture in Post-Martial Law Taiwan$
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Kirk A. Denton

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528578

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528578.001.0001

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(p.229) Epilogue
The Landscape of Historical Memory

Kirk A. Denton

Hong Kong University Press

The Epilogue reflects on the book’s central theme of the political contention over historical memory and suggests that, in some ways, the wrangling over history between the KMT and DPP has softened in recent years. Indeed, the two political camps have seen a gradual merging of their views on, for example, human rights, multiculturalism, and cosmopolitanism. Still, party politics being what it is, the epilogue envisions contestation over historical memory to continue in Taiwan. Taiwan, a small island nation in a state of diplomatic limbo, outstrips its political insignificance and exemplifies why historical memory matters so much in a world that, despite the rise of globalization and transnational forces, continues to be defined by nation-states and the political parties that govern them.

Keywords:   contestation, KMT/DPP commonalities, Importance of historical memory

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