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The past is a foreign country

Author: David Lowenthal
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Lowenthal looks at the benefits and burdens of the past, how we study the past, and how we change it.

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Lowenthal
ISBN: 0521224152 9780521224154 0521294800 9780521294805 8446008165 9788446008163
OCLC Number: 12052097
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: xxvii, 489 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I. Wanting the past : 1. Reliving the past: dreams and nightmares --
2. Benefits and burdens of the past --
3. Ancients vs. moderns --
4. The look of age --
Part II. Knowing the past : 5. How we know the past --
Part III. Changing the past : 6. Changing the past --
7. Creative anachronism.
Responsibility: David Lowenthal.
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In this remarkably wide-ranging book Professor Lowenthal analyses the ever-changing role of the past in shaping our lives.  Read more...


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'An impressive achievement: it assembles and categorizes man's attitudes towards his past in a fashion attempted nowhere else.' John Dixon Hunt, The Times Higher Education Supplement ' ... a Read more...

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