The Politics of the Past

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Routledge, 1994 - Social Science - 319 pages
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This stimulating collection demonstrates the inadequacy of a history that is always written by the "winners." Drawing on original studies from Africa, North America, Australia and the Pacific in order to make its points,The Politics of the Pastemphasizes that archaeology has a crucial role to play in promoting a more balanced, eclectic approach to the past. The essays in the book are organized around four themes: the forms and consequences of the Eurocentric heritage, the conflicting perspectives of rulers and ruled, the significance of administrative and institutional rivalries, and the divide between professional and popular views of archaeology. This illuminating book aims to enrich historical and archaeological inquiry and interpretation,

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David Lowenthal is Emeritus Professor of Geography and Honorary Research Fellow at University College London. He is a gold medallist of the Royal Geographical, the Royal Scottish Geographical and the American Geographical Societies, a Fellow of the British Academy and honorary D.Litt. Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2010 he was awarded the Forbes Lecture Prize by the International Institute for Conservation. His books include The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History (1996), George Perkins Marsh, Prophet of Conservation (2000) and The Nature of Cultural Heritage and the Culture of National Heritage (2005).

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