Putting Monuments in their Place

Putting Monuments in their Place

In recent years, monuments have become sites of struggle in many parts of the world. As emblems of ethnic, nationalist, and governmental ideologies, they have borne the brunt of resentment as those ideologies break down. Attempts to understand such controversies customarily treat monuments as self-contained artifacts. Yet monuments have a setting, and in many cases they act to annotate those spaces, articulating their larger purposes.