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Digging Up the DeadA History of Notable American Reburials$
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Michael Kammen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226423296

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226423326.001.0001

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Repossessing the Dead Elsewhere in Our Time

Repossessing the Dead Elsewhere in Our Time

(p.201) Six Repossessing the Dead Elsewhere in Our Time
Digging Up the Dead
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Exhumations and reburials in modern times are pursued due to a variety of reasons, from nationalism in the decade following World War I to the rehabilitation of political reputations as a symptom and symbol of anti-Communist fervor in Eastern Europe after 1989. Another motive is the desire for national unification, whether in China, Argentina, or Germany. Religion remains a major consideration because individuals revered as saintly often require a more appropriate interment than the one originally received. Prominent personalities who have figured in burial/reburial episodes for different reasons include Sun Yat-sen, Juan Manuel de Rosas, Che Guevara, Marcus Reno, Louis Napoleon III, Manfred Baron von Richthofen, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, and Cecil John Rhodes. This article also looks at exhumations and reburials in Hungary and argues that certain European episodes involved not only national reconciliation and rehabilitation of reputations but also historical revisionism.

Keywords:   interment, religion, Hungary, national reconciliation, reputations, historical revisionism, Sun Yat-sen, Juan Manuel de Rosas

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