Mareike Späth: Ein günstiger Augenblick – Das Jubiläum der Unabhängigkeit in Madagaskar [PDF]


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MBA Mainzer Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung Volume 44

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221 pp.
2 colour maps, 1 b/w map, 14 colour photos, appendices: 1. Teilnehmende des Kameraprojekts, 2. Lokalisierung des Kameraprojekts, 3. Leitfaden des Kameraprojekts, 4. Die Jubiläumshymne, 5. Die Jubiläumsrede

Text language: German

June 26, 2010 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the proclamation of independence in Madagascar. Although a political crisis deeply divided the nation at that time, the anniversary was an important day for the people of Madagascar. This day was an opportunity to meet with family, to admire the fireworks together with friends, and to let oneself be carried away by the spectacular celebrations in the streets of the city. It was also a day of nationhood, on which many Malagasy people debated what belonging to a nation meant for them.

Last but not least, the jubilee was an occasion to discuss the state of independence today – fifty years after its proclamation. Exploring Madagascar’s independence jubilee from many different perspectives, this book also demonstrates that – well beyond the Malagasy example – national holidays are important precisely because they make for great arguments.

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