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Sanitizing Szigetvár: On the post-imperial fashioning of nationalist memory

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Walton,  Jeremy F.
Research Group Empires of Memory, MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Max Planck Society;

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Walton, J. F. (2019). Sanitizing Szigetvár: On the post-imperial fashioning of nationalist memory. History and Anthropology, 30(4), 434-447. doi:10.1080/02757206.2019.1612388.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0003-AC84-6
Abstract
In this essay, I examine an early modern battle between the Habsburg and Ottoman Empires, the Siege of Szigetvár, and its protagonists, Nikola Šubić Zrinski and Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, as sites of memory in Hungary, Croatia, and Turkey. In relation to recent commemorations of the Siege, I focus on how sanctioned memories of Szigetvár have been sanitized for national(ist) ends, evacuating fraught historical and political questions related to the enmity between the two empires. Concomitantly, I pursue the silences and erasures that hegemonic memories of the battle and its protagonists have produced, both in relation to specific landscapes of memory in Szigetvár and through an analysis of three narratives of the Siege: a Hungarian-language epic poem, a Croatian opera, and a Turkish television serial.