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by David Lowenthal

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)

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PublisherCambridge University Press
Release date 01.05.1998
Pages count358
eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
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