Transhistorical Encounters in the Land of Israel: On Symbolic Bridges, National Memory, and the Literary Imagination Yael Zerubavel

pg 1 – The emphasis on the idea of common descent is particularly significant because it helps reinforce the identification with a broad entity such as the modern nation.
2 Nations, therefore, attempt to highlight the symbolic connection to the past and cultivate the idea that past generations continue to be symbolically present among the community of the living.

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