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3 - The Magical Hour of Midnight

Independence Days and National Commemorations

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 November 2021

Josiah Brownell
Affiliation:
Pratt Institute, New York
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This chapter examines the independence days and national commemorations of these four pseudo-states. It looks closely at the moments in which these four claimed to achieve sovereignty, and will consider the aesthetics and symbolism of the dates of their actual declarations of independence. Furthermore, it will examine how they each created national symbols and rituals, the ways in which these national days were subsequently commemorated, and how these national commemorations changed over time.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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