Memorial sites in countries in transition to democracy


  • Paolo Rondelli University of Bologna



memory, site, democracy, transition


This work is inspired and originated from an experience of cooperation with the Council of Europe, lasted from summer 2005 to the end of 2009, as a member of various delegations that have made observation missions in different countries, mainly belonging to the former Soviet bloc and the former Yugoslavia. In that capacity the author was able to witness firsthand the effects of a policy change on society, which was very rapid after the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event that is a symbol, in those areas, the watershed between two opposed eras. On the one hand, the domain of socialcommunist ideology and on the other that freedom so much dreamed, which later led to considerable social dislocation, very much evident today. The search for memorial sites and their significance is the theme that unites this trip, with the discovery of "intangible areas" but place over the places.


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How to Cite

Rondelli, P. (2011). Memorial sites in countries in transition to democracy. Almatourism - Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development, 2(3), 24–36.