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?

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