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On living in an old country : the national past in contemporary Britain, Patrick Wright; Illustrated by Andrzej Krauze

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On living in an old country : the national past in contemporary Britain
Title
On living in an old country
Title remainder
the national past in contemporary Britain
Statement of responsibility
Patrick Wright; Illustrated by Andrzej Krauze
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Language
eng
Summary
  • The hulk of Henry VIII's flagship is raised from the seabed in an operation that captures the mind of the nation. The leader of the Labour party wears an informal coat at the Cenotaph and provokes a national scandal. An elderly lady whose ancient house is scheduled for demolition dismantles it, piece by piece, and moves it across the country...On Living in an Old Country probes such apparently fleeting and disconnected events in order to reveal how history lives on, not just in the specialist knowledge of historians, archaeologists and curators, but as a tangible presence permeating everyday life and shaping our sense of identity. It investigates the rise of 'heritage' as expressed in literature, advertising, and political rhetoric as well as in popular television dramas, conservation campaigns, and urban development schemes. It explores the relations between the idea of an imperilled national identity and the transformation of British society introduced by Margaret Thatcher. This is the book that put 'heritage' on the map, opening one of the defining cultural and political debates of our time, and showing why conservation is a subject of such broad significance in contemporary Britain. This new edition includes an extensive new preface and interview material reflecting on the ongoing debate about the heritage industry which the book helped to kick-start
  • Patrick Wright is a sensitive, ultra-thoughful explorerEL With a large torch and copious notes he invites the reader to a number of meandering guided tours well of the main footpaths. Tom Nairn, The Guardian A quite exceptional and richly rewarding bookEL You won't feel the same about the Heritage Industry after this devastating series of iconoclastic reflections. Colin Ward, Times Educational Supplement Wright is a brilliant analyst of cultural meanings and has uncoveredEL a central truth about the force of nostalgia in modern England. Paul Addison, London Review of Books In a rich and suggestive series of essays Patrick Wright explores the ways in which history itself has become the most powerful source of contemporary meanings about what Britain is and what it is to be British. Stuart Hall
Biographical or historical data
Patrick Wright is a writer and broadcaster with an interest in the cultural dimensions of modern life. He is the author of a number of highly acclaimed best-selling history books, including The Village that Died for England, Tank (described by Simon Schama as 'a tour de force'), and Iron Curtain, which John le Carre described as 'a work of wit, style and waggish erudition.' He has written for many magazines and newspapers, including the London Review of Books, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Independent, and the Observer, and has made numerous documentaries on cultural themes for both BBC Radio 3 and 4. His television work includes The River, a four-part BBC2 series on the Thames. He is also a Professor at the Institute for Cultural Analysis at Nottingham Trent University, and a fellow of the London Consortium.
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Wright, Patrick
Dewey number
941.0858
Index
no index present
LC call number
DA589.4
LC item number
W74 2009
Literary form
non fiction
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Krauze, Andrzej
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  • Cultural property
  • Historiography
  • Nostalgia
  • Historiography
  • Ethnopsychology
  • Cultural studies
  • British & Irish history
  • Social & cultural history
  • Society
  • Cultural studies
  • European history
  • Social & cultural history
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
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On living in an old country : the national past in contemporary Britain, Patrick Wright; Illustrated by Andrzej Krauze
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Paperback
Control code
9780199541959
Dimensions
20x13x2 cm.
Edition
Updated ed.
Extent
320 p.
Isbn
9780199541959
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
30 cartoons by andrzej krauze
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
On living in an old country : the national past in contemporary Britain, Patrick Wright; Illustrated by Andrzej Krauze
Publication
Note
Paperback
Control code
9780199541959
Dimensions
20x13x2 cm.
Edition
Updated ed.
Extent
320 p.
Isbn
9780199541959
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
30 cartoons by andrzej krauze
Specific material designation
regular print

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