Broken Symbols: Display and Destruction during the Attack on the Capitol

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January 20, 2021

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Marcus Meer, « Broken Symbols: Display and Destruction during the Attack on the Capitol », German Historical Institute London Blog, ID : 10670/1.gm0yk1


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Almost two weeks later, recordings and photographs of the attack on the Capitol are still making newspaper headlines, flicker across screens, and fill the feeds on social media. Countless commentators described the attack as an extraordinary event in the history of the United States. Joe Biden called it ‘unprecedented’; The New York Times described it as a threat to ‘the heart of American democracy’. But the shock and anger in response to the attack were not just fuelled by its attempt to int...

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