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August 24, 2010 / ashithymia


As symbols change their meaning over time, symbols which once had strong, revolutionary connotations now feature a significance which is completely different to where they began.  In class, examples such as Che Guevara where discussed, as well as the Hammer and Sickle.

Another symbol which was once one which represented revolution is the French Flag, or the French ‘tricolour’.

The tricolor flag is derived from the cockades used during the French Revolution by the Paris militia, cockades being circular shaped emblems which were attached to ones hat.  These cockades were then later adopted by the National Guard, the national police force that succeeded the militia.

Since, the French national flag has merely become a symbol for the country of France, still holding historical significance, but no longer used as a symbol of revolution.


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