Social selection of historical momunents vs physical importance.


Forum Staff
Oct 2011
Italy, Lago Maggiore
It's out of doubt that different historical moments see different attitudes and approach towards monuments. What we can consider exceptional today could be consider even irrelevant tomorrow.

Usually this is related with political inclinations [like for the statues of the Italian kings which tend to disappear when leftist administrations govern towns and cities and to reappear when rightist administrations govern towns and cities!].

But it happens that a monument is so physically important to gain a kind of eternity. In my home town there is a mausoleum with the sarcophagus of the General Commander of the Italian Royal Army in WWI, Cadorna [who was born here]. Now, General Cadorna for Italians is a bit like Custer for Americans: he's connected with the worse defeat ever of the Royal Army ... Caporetto.

But the monument itself has gained its proper life, since it's anyway a remarkable monument.


The monument has gone beyond the personage. Now, is this a particular case, or it may happen that a monument disengages itself from the personage to become something else? [Note that the coffin of General Cadorna is there].