March 2014 Academic & Specialist Reaktion Books

Tombs of the Great Leaders: A Contemporary Guide Gwendolyn Leick

Hardback | Mar 2014 | REAKTION BOOKS | 9781780232003 | 336pp | 220x171mm | RFB | AUD$62.99, NZD$74.99

Since ancient times, tombs and mausolea have been built to ensure that exceptional individuals remain in the collective memory. Memorializing those who have changed the course of history, such sites enable real deeds to become the stuff of legend and consolidate a leader’s repute; but these sites of memory also serve the political needs both of the time and of subsequent regimes. How is politics played out, and history commemorated, in these locations? Why do they become pilgrimage sites?