Napoleonland: Return of the King

Via Scoop.itCultural Geography

“Nearly 200 years after his death, Napoleon Bonaparte is finally getting the greatest honor our age can bestow: his own theme park. Napoleonland — stop laughing — was concocted by a former French minister to rival Disneyland in its immersive fun and totemic cultural status. Shopping! Dining! Re-enactments of the Battle of Austerlitz! Not a bad rehabilitation for an all-conquering megalomaniacal exiled emperor.”

Culture and heritage are packaged in places such as theme parks as a commodity–what should we make of these spaces?  What do they say about the society that creates them?  What are the economic, cultural and political motives for creating such as space?
Via www.foreignpolicy.com

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