Introduction to Dark Tourism│10│

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This article examines the continuity and connections between post-World War II modern history and the November 2015 coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris from the perspective of the author’s trip starting in the northwest of France and ending in Paris. Using the experiences of the author’s first visit to Le Havre in the northwest of France the reconstruction of the city after World War II and its registration as a World Heritage Site are analyzed, followed by a contrast with the Great East Japan Earthquake. The author’s second visit is to the city of Caen, well-known for its role in the Normandy invasion on D-day. The author reconsiders how European society has digested the memory of World War II, drawing on information about the Japanese army displayed in Caen’s Peace Memorial Museum. During a trip to Paris, the author considers the cultural context of “mourning” discussed in Genron 2 and the transmission of memories of grief in France. The author also visits several terrorist attack sites and describes the states of grief at these locations where large numbers of people continue to pray for the dead. During his final stop in France to the immigrant neighborhoods of northern Paris, the author examines the conditions leading to terrorism and the mechanisms resulting in the birth of terrorists. Results suggest that conditions of present-day terrorism originate due to contradictions caused by advanced countries utilizing the resources of developing countries to their own advantages.