By Robert W. Berger
A Royal ardour is the 1st in-depth learn of the solar King as a buyer of structure. Surveying such monuments because the Louvre, Versailles, the Invalides, and different constructions which are heavily pointed out with Louis XIV, Robert W. Berger demonstrates why those structures, gardens, city areas, and their have been so vital to him. Serving as useful prerequisites, gadgets of aesthetic satisfaction, and as political statements, his architectural businesses jointly underscored his absolutist authority. in addition, by means of adopting the guise of 'builder-prince', Louis XIV reasserted his kinship with the Roman emperors, whose grandeur he sought either to emulate and to surpass.
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8 The myth of a direct transition from colonial to postcolonial as marker of collective identity elides a slippage from the explicit territorial nature of the colonial to the subtler economic and cultural domination fostered in the postcolonial by illusions of independence and self-determination. 10 It also means adjusting critically to the revised signsystems that have allowed the neocolonial in the guise of the postcolonial to extend some of the very practices from which the latter had seemingly broken.
1; emphasis in the original) The passage marked Rousso's conception of Vichy as an object of "history as memory" (I'histoire-memoire) to be studied in the form and content of social practices that perpetuated the memory of the past within a particular group or society. What made The Vichy Syndrome especially compelling was Rousso's refusal to dismiss from his own treatment the gaps and silences that gave presence and immediacy (actualite) to the memory of Vichy. The persistence of these gaps and silences imposed its own meaning.
Debate over the memory of Vichy has been complicated by the fact that it has been staged in large part among historians born after the war (Pascal Ory, Henry Rousso) and others who lived it as children (Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Serge Klarsfeld, Andre Kaspi). For some, this belatedness was advantageous because it freed inquiry from the strong affect that burdened eyewitnesses of the Vichy period. For others, belatedness was insurmountable, an obstacle that undermined any claim to authentic understanding.
A Royal Passion: Louis XIV as Patron of Architecture by Robert W. Berger