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date: 10 December 2019

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Drawing on theoretical and conceptual developments in cultural and historical geography, this chapter offers a thematically structured account of the overlapping relationship between landscape and politics. It begins by accounting for the development of the landscape concept in human geography, before exploring the rich nexus of inquiry that has coalesced around landscape and politics in more recent years. Of particular significance is an approach to landscape that foregrounds the symbolic or iconic significance of the spaces in which we live and underscores the significance of the relationship between the cultural landscape and the political realm. The chapter probes aspects of this relationship in an Irish context by focussing on two case studies, the first relating to public spectacle and performance, and the second to the overlapping relationship between landscape and memory. These case studies show that landscape is much more than a passive backdrop for the representation of the past.

Keywords: Cultural Geography, Landscape, Iconography, Memory, Spectacle

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