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The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History
Heritage has burgeoned over the past quarter of a century from a small elite preoccupation into a major popular crusade. Everything from Disneyland to the Holocaust Museum, from the Balkan wars to the Northern Irish Troubles, from Elvis memorabilia to the Elgin Marbles bears the marks of the cult of heritage. In this acclaimed book David Lowenthal explains the rise of this ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published November 19th 2012 by Cambridge University Press
(first published September 10th 1996)
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Lowenthal argues that as "Heritage" has passed from the province of the elite to a mass population who have no deep roots or inheritances personally, the heat cranks up on defining exactly what heritage belongs to who and how it is used. His examples are all from before the publication date in 1996 and based in England and America, and are the predictable--Disney's Civil War Land plans, juicy National Trust marketing of stately homes (ghost tours! scandals!), the Bicentennial, public schools and ...more