Public History Reader
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Description: Public history is growing internationally both as an intellectual area of historiography and as a field of potential employment. The Public History Reader provides both a comprehensive introduction to public history by facilitating understanding through contextualising debates and controversies and also by raising questions and suggesting possible responses. In a general introduction Hilda Kean shows that although the forms of history may be different, the idea that the past is used in different ways to create histories in the modern world is present and evident in a range of cultures and across time. She goes on to discuss different interpretations of the meaning of the phrase public history in different countries and cultures and raises the issue of contestation. Part I looks at who makes history, focusing on the ways in which the past has taken on a heightened popular sense of importance in the present and the ways in which it is used. Accordingly, history, far from being ‘fixed’ in time, is fluid and is re-made to serve contemporary agendas or needs in the present. Part II address the question of materials and approaches to making history. By using material more commonly within the domain of art historians or geographers and archaeologists, public historians have opened up understandings of the past. Part III looks at the way presentations of the past change over time and have been changed providing a context for the different forms of presentation of the past. It concludes by thinking about the challenges for public historians today. Using their own experiences of constructing a Public history MA, Hilda Kean and Paul Martin have suggested themes and indicative extracts that draw on their experience in knowing what works best with their students, what they have difficulty in grasping and how to develop their understanding of historical concepts. The Public History Reader is, therefore, a perfect resource for all students of Public History.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 4/19/2013
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Hilda Kean is Tutor in History at Ruskin College, Oxford.
|The Past in the Present: Who is Making History?|
|Theatres of Memory|
|The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life|
|Heritage From Below: Class, Social Protest and Resistance|
|The Use and Abuse of Australian History|
|Taking History to Heart: The Power of the Past in Building Social Movements|
|Making History: The Historian and Uses of the Past|
|Forty Years of Conflict: State, Church and Spontaneous Representation of Massacres and Murder in Guatemala|
|Materials and Approaches to Making History|
|Evocative Objects: The Things that Matter|
|London Stories. Personal Lives, Public Histories|
|The Trade Union Badge: An Epoch of Minority Symbolism? The Pervasion of the Badge and the Contraction of the Union|
|The Future of Preserving the Past|
|Critical Cloth: To Be Continued … and the Time I'm Taking: Sewing Proust|
|History at the Crossroads: Australians and the Past|
|Intangible and Tangible Presentations of the Past|
|The Cult of Happiness: Nianhua, Art and History in Rural North China|
|'Under the Same Roof': Separate Stories of Long Kesh/Maze|
|Recalling Community in Cape Town: Creating and Curating the District Six Museum|
|Golconda: Our Voices, Our Lives|
|Something Borrowed, Something New: History and the Waitangi Tribunal|
|Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic|