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Iconoclasm, Identity Politics and the Erasure of History

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Iconoclasm, Identity Politics and the Erasure of History provides the first book-length examination of the 2020 iconoclasm.

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In the summer of 2020, there was an eruption of violence directed towards historical monuments across Europe and North America. Statues were torn down while police watched. Prominent public figures, politicians and even museum directors cheered on the destruction. Supporters claimed it was payback for slavery; critics said it was neo-Marxist activism or sheer vandalism.

Can we place the 2020 events in a continuum of violence from ancient Egypt to the art destruction of ISIS? Iconoclasm, Identity Politics and the Erasure of History provides the first book-length examination of the 2020 iconoclasm. Art critic Alexander Adams describes incidents from history, looks at new developments and discerns common threads which help us understand the phenomenon of iconoclasm. This book shows how identity politics prepares activists to commit violence and how advocates justify erasure of history in order to protect others. Adams suggests how we might address historical issues without sacrificing cultural heritage to the hammers of protestors.

Foreword by Professor Frank Furedi.

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