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The Invention of Tradition
     

The Invention of Tradition

by Eric Hobsbawm, Terence Ranger
 

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Many of the traditions which we think of as very ancient in their origins were not in fact sanctioned by long usage over the centuries, but were invented comparatively recently. This book explores examples of this process of invention – the creation of Welsh and Scottish 'national culture'; the elaboration of British royal rituals in the nineteenth and twentieth

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Many of the traditions which we think of as very ancient in their origins were not in fact sanctioned by long usage over the centuries, but were invented comparatively recently. This book explores examples of this process of invention – the creation of Welsh and Scottish 'national culture'; the elaboration of British royal rituals in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the origins of imperial rituals in British India and Africa; and the attempts by radical movements to develop counter-traditions of their own. It addresses the complex interaction of past and present, bringing together historians and anthropologists in a fascinating study of ritual and symbolism which poses new questions for the understanding of our history.

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'The most stimulating history book which has come my way this year …'. History Today

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ISBN-13:
9781107386891
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/26/2012
Series:
Canto Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,013,306
File size:
2 MB

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