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The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History

The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History

  • Author: David Lowenthal
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521635622
  • Category: History
  • Page: 338
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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)

Possessed by the Past

Possessed by the Past

The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History

  • Author: David Lowenthal
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 338
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A critical look at the current world-wide obsession with ethnicity traces the destructive effects the politics of identity have had from Bosnia to Israel to Northern Ireland, and the pitfalls of multiculturalism in America. 15,000 first printing.

The Past is a Foreign Country - Revisited

The Past is a Foreign Country - Revisited

  • Author: David Lowenthal
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 0521851424
  • Category: History
  • Page: 720
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"First published as The past is a foreign country, 1985"--Title page verso.

George Perkins Marsh

George Perkins Marsh

Prophet of Conservation

  • Author: David Lowenthal
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • ISBN: 9780295989853
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 632
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George Perkins Marsh (1801�1882) was the first to reveal the menace of environmental misuse, to explain its causes, and to prescribe reforms. David Lowenthal here offers fresh insights, from new sources, into Marsh�s career and shows his relevance today, in a book which has its roots in but wholly supersedes Lowenthal�s earlier biography George Perkins Marsh: Versatile Vermonter (1958). Marsh�s devotion to the repair of nature, to the concerns of working people, to women�s rights, and to historical stewardship resonate more than ever. His Vermont birthplace is now a national park chronicling American conservation, and the crusade he launched is now global. Marsh�s seminal book Man and Nature is famed for its ecological acumen. The clue to its inception lies in Marsh�s many-sided engagement in the life of his time. The broadest scholar of his day, he was an acclaimed linguist, lawyer, congressman, and renowned diplomat who served 25 years as U.S. envoy to Turkey and to Italy. He helped found and guide the Smithsonian Institution, shaped the Washington Monument, penned potent tracts on fisheries and on irrigation, spearheaded public science, art, and architecture. He wrote on camels and corporate corruption, Icelandic grammar and Alpine glaciers. His pungent and provocative letters illuminate life on both sides of the Atlantic. Like Darwin�s Origin of Species, Marsh�s Man and Nature marked the inception of a truly modern way of looking at the world, of taking care lest we irreversibly degrade the fabric of humanized nature we are bound to manage. Marsh�s ominous warnings inspired reforestation, watershed management, soil conservation, and nature protection in his day and ours. George Perkins Marsh: Prophet of Conservation was awarded the Association for American Geographers' 2000 J. B. Jackson Prize. The book was also on the shortlist for the first British Academy Book Prize, awarded in December 2001.

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History

  • Author: Alvin Jackson
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191667609
  • Category: History
  • Page: 640
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The study of Irish history, once riven and constricted, has recently enjoyed a resurgence, with new practitioners, new approaches, and new methods of investigation. The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History represents the diversity of this emerging talent and achievement by bringing together 36 leading scholars of modern Ireland and embracing 400 years of Irish history, uniting early and late modernists as well as contemporary historians. The Handbook offers a set of scholarly perspectives drawn from numerous disciplines, including history, political science, literature, geography, and the Irish language. It looks at the Irish at home as well as in their migrant and diasporic communities. The Handbook combines sets of wide thematic and interpretative essays, with more detailed investigations of particular periods. Each of the contributors offers a summation of the state of scholarship within their subject area, linking their own research insights with assessments of future directions within the discipline. In its breadth and depth and diversity, The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History offers an authoritative and vibrant portrayal of the history of modern Ireland.

History Lessons

History Lessons

The Creation of American Jewish Heritage

  • Author: Beth S. Wenger
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 0691147523
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 282
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Looks at the ways American Jews created a collective heritage that combined their Jewish roots with American society.

The Challenge of American History

The Challenge of American History

  • Author: Louis P. Masur
  • Publisher: JHU Press
  • ISBN: 9780801862229
  • Category: History
  • Page: 331
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In The Challenge of American History, Louis Masur brings together a sampling of recent scholarship to determine the key issues preoccupying historians of American history and to contemplate the discipline's direction for the future. The fifteen summary essays included in this volume allow professional historians, history teachers, and students to grasp in a convenient and accessible form what historians have been writing about.

The Words Between the Spaces

The Words Between the Spaces

Buildings and Language

  • Author: Professor Deborah Cameron,Thomas A. Markus,Deborah Cameron
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 9780415143455
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 196
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Using language - speaking and understanding it - is a defining ability of human beings, woven into all human activity. It is therefore inevitable that it should be deeply implicated in the design, production and use of buildings. Building legislation, design guides, competition and other briefs, architectural criticism, teaching and scholarly material, and the media all produce their characteristic texts. The authors use texts about such projects as Berlin's new Reichstag, Scotland's new Parliament, and the Auschwitz concentration camp museum to clarify the interaction between texts, design, critical debate and response.

Christian Pilgrimage, Landscape and Heritage

Christian Pilgrimage, Landscape and Heritage

Journeying to the Sacred

  • Author: Avril Maddrell,Veronica della Dora,Alessandro Scafi,Heather Walton
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135013128
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 204
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This volume provides a theoretically and empirically-grounded study of the significance of landscape in the experience of Christian pilgrimage across different denominations and its intersection with cultural heritage and tourism. The book focuses on pilgrimages to Meteora (Greece), Subiaco (Italy) and the Isle of Man. These are each sites of scenic beauty that boast a rich heritage associated respectively to Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Ecumenical/ Protestant denominations. The study discusses different Christian theologies, practices and perspectives on the nature and the purpose of pilgrimage in these traditions. It draws on participant experiential accounts, archival research, and interviews with clergy, laity and local stakeholders. Special attention is paid to the themes of sacred space and practice, aesthetics, mobilities, embodiment and performance, emotional geographies, theology, cultural heritage, consumption and commodification, and the pilgrim-tourist continuum.

History and Popular Memory

History and Popular Memory

The Power of Story in Moments of Crisis

  • Author: Paul A Cohen
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231537298
  • Category: History
  • Page: 304
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When people experience a traumatic event, such as war or the threat of annihilation, they often turn to history for stories that promise a positive outcome to their suffering. During World War II, the French took comfort in the story of Joan of Arc and her heroic efforts to rid France of foreign occupation. To bring the Joan narrative more into line with current circumstances, however, popular retellings modified the original story so that what people believed took place in the past was often quite different from what actually occurred. Paul A. Cohen identifies this interplay between story and history as a worldwide phenomenon, found in countries of radically different cultural, religious, and social character. He focuses here on Serbia, Israel, China, France, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain, all of which experienced severe crises in the twentieth century and, in response, appropriated age-old historical narratives that resonated with what was happening in the present to serve a unifying, restorative purpose. A central theme in the book is the distinction between popular memory and history. Although vitally important to historians, this distinction is routinely blurred in people's minds, and the historian's truth often cannot compete with the power of a compelling story from the past, even when it has been seriously distorted by myth or political manipulation. Cohen concludes by suggesting that the patterns of interaction he probes, given their near universality, may well be rooted in certain human propensities that transcend cultural difference.