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The politics of the past

Author: P W Gathercole; David Lowenthal
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1994.
Series: One world archaeology, 12.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The main aim of this stimulating book is to demonstrate the inadequacy of a history that is always written by the winners'. Draws on original studies from Africa, North America, Australia and the Pacific in order to make the point. Emphasizes that archaeology has a crucial role to play in promoting a more balanced, eclectic approach to the past.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Conference papers and proceedings
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Politics of the past.
London ; New York : Routledge, 1994
(DLC) 94236326
Material Type: Conference publication, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: P W Gathercole; David Lowenthal
ISBN: 0415095549 9780415095549 0203167899 9780203167892 1280031433 9781280031434 0203283554 9780203283554
OCLC Number: 264410399
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 319 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: List of contributors Foreword Preface Introduction: Who needs the past? 1. A child's perspective on the past: influences of home, media and school 2. Innuit perceptions of the past 3. From the raw to the cooked: Hadzabe perceptions of their past 4. An 11th century literary reference to prehistoric times in India 5. The valuation of time among the peasant population of the Alto Minho, northwestern Portugal 6. Understanding Yolngu signs of the past 7. Geography and historical understanding in indigenous Colombia 8. Past and present of Andean Indian society: the Otavalos 9. Oral tradition and the African past 10. Classical Greek attitudes to the past 11. Ancient Egyptian concepts and uses of the past: 3rd and 2nd millennium BC evidence 12. Beginning of agriculture: a synchronism between Puranic and archaeological evidence 13. Holding on to emblems: Australian Aboriginal performances and the transmission of oral traditions 14. Perceptions of the past among north Queensland Aboriginal people: the intrusion of European and consequent social change 15. The past as perceived by the Bali Myonga people of Cameroon 16. Archaeology and oral traditions in the Mitongoa-Andrainjato area (Betsileo region of Madagascar) 17. Interpretations and uses of the past in modern Britain and Europe. Why are people interested in the past? Do the experts know or care? A plea for further study
Series Title: One world archaeology, 12.
Responsibility: edited by Peter Gathercole, David Lowenthal.

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