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How the Past was Used: Historical cultures, c. 750-2000

Peter Lambert and Björn Weiler


This volume brings together anthropologists, historians and literary scholars in order to explore how societies represented and used the past. Case studies range from the seventh century to the twenty-first, and from Africa, America and Asia to Europe. All the means and media by which societies, groups and individuals engaged with the past and expressed their understanding of it are addressed, and contributions treat not only professional historians, but also clerics, poets, novelists, administrators, political activists, and journalists as well as the consumers of their works. The utility of ... More

Keywords: historical culture, uses of the past, history, desirability of a past, reception of history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266120
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266120.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Lambert, editor
Lecturer in Modern European History, Aberystwyth University

Björn Weiler, editor
Professor in History, Aberystwyth University