Thursday, November 6, 2008

Against 'creeping revisionism'

Douglas Coupland's 
Monument to the War of 1912

Vancouver-based artist and author Douglas Coupland hopes his new military monument will help stop what he calls a "creeping revisionism" of the War of 1812...

"A lot of people have grown up thinking 'Oh, Americans lost that one, didn't they?'" Coupland said after unveiling the "Monument to the War of 1812" near Fort York in Toronto.

"But once I began getting involved in the project and doing research, I began noticing that the Americans are now starting to change history and they're saying, 'Well, actually we won that,' or, 'Actually, we didn't lose' or whatever.

"So it's a war monument but it's also an incitement for people to remember what's going on in the present as well as in the past... Without Fort York there would have been no Canada -- the British would have lost Canada to the Americans in the War of 1812, and Canada would have been absorbed into the U.S." Image source here.