Heritage and history

Jessica Moody

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    The tension over what ‘history’ is, who creates it and how it should be reconstructed lies at the heart of the often troubled relationship between History and Heritage. This chapter focuses on this tension whilst tracing the development of the Public History movement and critically discussing the ‘heritage debates’ of the 1980s and 1990s in the UK. This tension is further explored through ‘history wars’, including the Enola Gay affair and the 2007 Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade in Britain, where the issue of whose version of history was being foregrounded was central. ‘Whose history?’ is the question the chapter ends with, and thoughts on the valuable role history and indeed historians can play within Contemporary Heritage Studies are put forward
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Heritage Research
    EditorsEmma Waterton, Steve Watson
    Place of PublicationBasingstoke
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    ISBN (Print)9781137293558
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015


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