Past Is a Foreign Country

ISBN-10: 0521294800

ISBN-13: 9780521294805

Edition: 1985

Authors: 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. A heritage at once nurturing and burdensome, the past allows us to make sense of the present whilst imposing powerful constraints upon the way that present develops. Some aspects of the past are celebrated, others expunged, as each generation reshapes its legacy in line with current needs. Drawing on all the arts, the humanities and the social sciences, the author uses sources as diverse as science fiction and psychoanalysis to examine how rebellion against inherited tradition has given rise to the modern cult of preservation and pervasive nostalgia. Profusely illustrated, The Past is a Foreign Country shows that although the past has ceased to be a sanction for inherited power or privilege, as a focus of personal and national identity and as a bulwark against massive and distressing change it remains as potent a force as ever in human affairs.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/14/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 516
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.420
Language: English

List of illustrations
Introduction
Wanting The Past
Reliving the past: dreams and nightmares
Benefits and burdens of the past
Ancients vs. moderns
The look of age
Knowing The Past
How we know the past
Changing The Past
Changing the past
Creative anachronism
Bibliography and citation index
General index
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