The Heritage Crusade And The Spoils Of History by David LowenthalThe Heritage Crusade And The Spoils Of History by David Lowenthal

The Heritage Crusade And The Spoils Of History

byDavid Lowenthal

Paperback | September 1, 1998

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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)
Title:The Heritage Crusade And The Spoils Of HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:358 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521635624

ISBN - 13:9780521635622

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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.

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The pursuit of keeping a ritual that celebrates a tradition is usually a fine thing. But, what happens when it’s appealed to on a national or ethnic level and results in racial, religious or economic discrimination or oppression? The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History is a unique exploration of how the rise of a crusade-like obsession with tradition and inheritance can lead to either good or evil. Author David Lowenthal looks at uses and abuses of historical appropriation in this engaging text.

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"The many writings of David Lowenthal have been helpful to those anxious to sort out the legitimate from the spurious in the twentieth century western preoccupations with organized history and heritage...In publishing ^The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History, Mr. Lowenthal has taken us further down this road and on this excursion he takes time to guide us along several interesting and unexpected detours." Manitoba History, Graham MacDonald, Calgary, Alberta