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The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History

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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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Margaret Sankey
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
Chris Antonsen
Aug 12, 2013 Chris Antonsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some very useful ideas about the commodification of heritage in this book.
Maureen
Nov 05, 2007 Maureen rated it did not like it
Heritage = bad, history = good with slipshod examples. I can't believe I paid thirty dollars for this.
Donnie
Jul 30, 2007 Donnie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like history
Shelves: collectivememory
Read it! It was awesome. History is protean. History is protean.
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