“Don't Mention the War?” The Politics of Remembrance and Forgetfulness in Postwar Lebanon
Abstract:This article explores the divergent ways in which the state, the political society, and the civil society in Lebanon have addressed the Civil War (1975-90) in the postwar era. More specifically, I explore the interplay between actors operating within these spheres concerning three contentious questions: a) Should the war be remembered and commemorated? b) Who is responsible for the war? c) How to consider Lebanon's modern history in light of the war? The discussion highlights both the possibilities and constraints of civil society groups in post-conflict settings.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2007
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