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Title:
The heritage crusade and the spoils of history
Author:
Lowenthal, David.
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Uniform Title:
Possessed by the past
Edition:
First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xvii, 338 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Possessed by the past. New York : Free Press, c1996.
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780521635622
Format :
Book

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Summary

Heritage, while it often constitutes and defines the most positive aspects of culture, is a malleable body of historical text subject to interpretation and easily twisted into myth. When it is appealed to on a national or ethnic level in reactions against racial, religious, or economic oppression, the result is often highly-charged political contention or conflict. The extraordinary theme of this unique book is how the rise of a manifold, crusade-like obsession with tradition and inheritance--both physical and cultural--can lead to either good or evil. In a balanced account of the pros and cons of the rhetoric and spoils of heritage--on the one hand cultural identity and unity, on the other, potential holy war--David Lowenthal discusses the myriad uses and abuses of historical appropriation and offers a rare and accessible account of a concept at once familiar and fraught with complexity. David Lowenthal is Emeritus Professor of Geography at University College London, and the author of the bestselling The Past is a Foreign Country (Cambridge, 1985)


Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Heritage ascendant
2 Personal legacies
3 Collective legacies
4 Heritage assailed
5 The purpose and practice of history
6 The purpose of heritage
7 The practice of heritage
8 Being first
9 Being innate
10 Rivalry and restitution