The Past Is A Foreign Country by F. L. MilthorpeThe Past Is A Foreign Country by F. L. Milthorpe

The Past Is A Foreign Country

byF. L. Milthorpe, J. Moorby

Paperback | January 29, 1988

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In this remarkably wide-ranging book Professor Lowenthal analyses the ever-changing role of the past in shaping our lives. A heritage at once nurturing and burdensome, the past allows us to make sense of the present whilst imposing powerful constraints upon the way that present develops. Some aspects of the past are celebrated, others expunged, as each generation reshapes its legacy in line with current needs. Drawing on all the arts, the humanities and the social sciences, the author uses sources as diverse as science fiction and psychoanalysis to examine how rebellion against inherited tradition has given rise to the modern cult of preservation and pervasive nostalgia. Profusely illustrated, The Past is a Foreign Country shows that although the past has ceased to be a sanction for inherited power or privilege, as a focus of personal and national identity and as a bulwark against massive and distressing change it remains as potent a force as ever in human affairs.
Title:The Past Is A Foreign CountryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:260 pages, 9.41 X 6.69 X 1.1 inShipping dimensions:260 pages, 9.41 X 6.69 X 1.1 inPublished:January 29, 1988Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521294800

ISBN - 13:9780521294805

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Introduction; Part I. Wanting The Past: 1. Reliving the past: dreams and nightmares; 2. Benefits and burdens of the past; 3. Ancients vs. moderns; 4. The look of age; Part II. Knowing The Past: 5. How we know the past; Part III. Changing The Past: 6. Changing the past; 7. Creative anachronism; Bibliography and citation index; General index.

From Our Editors

The past is everywhere. All around us lie features which. like ourselves and our thoughts, have more or less recognizable antecedents. Relics, histories, memories suffuse human experience. Each particular trace of the past ultimately perishes, but collectively they are immortal. Whether it is celebrated or rejected, attended to or ignored, the past is omnipresent.

Editorial Reviews

"David Lowenthal gives us a new understanding of a univeral human experience by imaginatively refashioning the remains and records of the past in England and America from the Reanaissance to our own time...a significant milestone in the history of thought and culture." Merle Curti, University of Wisconsin