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Tourism and the ‘martyred city': memorializing war in the former Yugoslavia

Published inJournal of tourism and cultural change, vol. 14, no. 3, p. 222-239
Publication date2016
Abstract

The present contribution aims to propose a definition of what is often referred to as a ‘martyred city', a notion widely used in the media and the public sphere, but still largely understudied in academia. By looking at two cities in the former Yugoslavia – Sarajevo and Vukovar – this article presents the way in which a place can be associated with the notion of martyrdom through memorial sites and practices, such as war museums and tourism. The ‘martyred city' is a way to memorialize past traumatic events, but also a means to achieve diverse agendas and objectives. It is finally stated that the distinction between ‘victims' and ‘martyrs' is often blurred, and a shift from the former to the latter can be observed.

Keywords
  • Yugoslavia
  • Tourism
  • Martyred city
  • Memory
  • Cultural heritage
  • War
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NAEF, Patrick James. Tourism and the ‘martyred city”: memorializing war in the former Yugoslavia. In: Journal of tourism and cultural change, 2016, vol. 14, n° 3, p. 222–239. doi: 10.1080/14766825.2016.1169345
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