A small Italian town can teach the world how to defuse controversial monuments

Dec 14, 2017 1279

BY: Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti

Coming to terms with national history isn’t always easy. Whether because of civil war, political oppression, or simply a change of values, monuments and other vestiges of the past often remind us that what we held dear in other ages doesn’t necessarily chime with what we cherish today.

The bitter controversy – and deadly protests – sparked earlier this year by the proposed removal of a statue of Gen Robert E Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, are a ringing reminder of this.

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SOURCE: https://www.theguardian.com

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