Targeting the symbolic dimension of Baathist Iraq : cultural destruction, historical memory and national identity

Isakhan, Benjamin 2011, Targeting the symbolic dimension of Baathist Iraq : cultural destruction, historical memory and national identity, in CCG Seminars 2011, [Deakin University : Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation], Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-1.

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Title Targeting the symbolic dimension of Baathist Iraq : cultural destruction, historical memory and national identity
Author(s) Isakhan, Benjamin
Conference name Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation Seminar (2011 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 6 May. 2011
Title of proceedings CCG Seminars 2011
Publication date 2011
Start page 1
End page 1
Publisher [Deakin University : Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation]
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary This paper examines the systematic efforts to dismantle or destroy the symbolic dimension of the Baathist regime in Iraq since 2003. It argues that while the Baath were undeniably cruel and oppressive, they did undertake one of the twentieth century’s most robust attempts to utilise the political power of historical memory to create a unified Iraqi national identity. However, while many have examined the militaristic or bureaucratic dimensions of de-Baathification, no such attempts have been made to examine the destruction of the symbols and monuments of the Baathist state and the consequences it has had for Iraqi national identity. This paper addresses this paucity and concludes that with the symbolic destruction of the Baathist state has come a near complete erosion of the Iraqi brand of nationalism that the Baath had managed to promulgate to varying degrees of success since the late 1960s.
Language eng
Field of Research 200206 Globalisation and Culture
Socio Economic Objective 940201 Civics and Citizenship
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
HERDC collection year 2011
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042669

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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