A History of Love and Hate in 21 Statues
A British slave trader dumped in the river. An Aboriginal warrior twice beheaded. A
Chinese philosopher consumed by fire. Confederate soldiers hacked to pieces. A
Greek goddess left to rot in the desert…
Statues stand as markers of collective memory connecting us to a shared sense of
belonging. When societies fracture into warring tribes, we convince ourselves that
the past is irredeemably evil. So, we tear down our statues, forgetting that what
begins with the destruction of statues, ends with the killing of people.
This remarkable book is a compelling history of love and hate spanning every
continent, religion and era, told through the destruction of 21 statues. Peter Hughes’
original approach, blending philosophy, psychology and history, explores how these
symbols of our identity give us more than an understanding of our past. In the wars
that rage around them, they may also hold the key to our future.
As statues fall throughout the world, A History of Love and Hate in 21 Statues is a profound meditation on identity and a heartfelt plea for tolerance.
Dr. Peter Hughes is a philosopher and psychologist with expertise in how individuals succumb to the madness of crowds. He has a PhD in Philosophy and is Member of the British Psychological Society. An experienced broadcaster, he has worked with extremes of human behaviour and his combination of academic expertise and real-world experience give him a unique perspective on the statue wars.