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Who Owns History

Author : Eric Foner
ISBN : 142992392X
Genre : History
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A thought-provoking new book from one of America's finest historians "History," wrote James Baldwin, "does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do." Rarely has Baldwin's insight been more forcefully confirmed than during the past few decades. History has become a matter of public controversy, as Americans clash over such things as museum presentations, the flying of the Confederate flag, or reparations for slavery. So whose history is being written? Who owns it? In Who Owns History?, Eric Foner proposes his answer to these and other questions about the historian's relationship to the world of the past and future. He reconsiders his own earlier ideas and those of the pathbreaking Richard Hofstadter. He also examines international changes during the past two decades--globalization, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the end of apartheid in South Africa--and their effects on historical consciousness. He concludes with considerations of the enduring, but often misunderstood, legacies of slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. This is a provocative, even controversial, study of the reasons we care about history--or should.
Category: History

Who Owns History

Author : Geoffrey Robertson
ISBN : 9781760893712
Genre : Cultural property
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Hard on the heels of his best-selling autobiography Rather His Own Man, one of Australia's foremost public intellectuals turns his mind to one of the most important contemporary questions that divides the world of art and culture: the restitution of heritage treasures removed in earlier times from subjugated peoples who now want them back.Taking his cue from Cicero, the great Roman barrister, Geoffrey Robertson argues that justice requires the return not only of the 'Elgin' Marbles to Greece, but of many looted antiquities on display in the museums of Britain, Europe and America. He argues that the Gweagal Shield - dropped when Cook shot at Aboriginals in Botany Bay in 1770 - should be returned to Australia from the British Museum. He wants the government to acquire the hull of HMS Endeavour recently located off Rhode Island. He has located Arthur Phillip's tombstone for Yemmerrawanne, the first Australian expatriate, in a South London churchyard, and he wants to bring it back.Robertson's judgement is uncompromising: cultural heritage belongs to the people of whose history it is a part, unless its return would be attended by danger to the artwork itself. And since the movement for the restitution of cultural property is based on human rights, governments that want it back must show respect for the rights of the peoples on whose behalf they make the claim.Who Owns History? not only delves into the crucial debate over the Marbles, but examines how the past can be experienced by everyone, as well as by the people of the country of origin.
Category: Cultural property

Who Owns Religion

Author : Laurie L. Patton
ISBN : 9780226675985
Genre : Education
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"One afternoon, Laurie Patton, then chair of the religious studies department at her university, sat in her office collating death threats. A colleague had come under attack by members of the Hindu diaspora for a scholarly study that they judged offensive. A global petition demanded that the book be withdrawn, and threats against the author included explicit calls for his execution. This case is one of many in which the secular study of religion has scandalized-and been passionately refuted by-the very communities it had imagined itself embracing. Authors of seemingly arcane studies on subjects like the origins of the idea of Mother Earth or the sexual dynamics of mysticism have been targets of hate mail and topics of book-banning discussions. As a result, scholars of religion have struggled to describe their own work even to themselves. In this book, scholar and noted university administrator Laurie Patton looks at the cultural work of religious studies through scholars' clashes with religious communities, especially in the late 1980s and 90s. These kinds of controversies emerged with new frequency and passion during this period because of two conditions: 1) the rise of the multicultural politics of recognition, which changed the nature of debate in the public sphere and created the possibility for Patton calls "eruptive" public spaces; and 2) the emergence of the Internet, which changed the nature of readership. "Others" about whom scholars wrote to their colleagues were now also readers who could agree or condemn in public forums. These controversies were also fundamentally about something new: the very rights of secular, Western hermeneutics to interpret religions at all. Patton's book holds out hope that scholars can find a space for their work between the university and the communities they study. Their role, she suggests, is similar to that of the wise fool in many classical dramas and indeed in many religious traditions. Scholars of religion have multiple masters and must move between them while speaking a truth that not everyone may be interested in hearing"--
Category: Education


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ISBN : NWU:35556028038834
Genre : Education, Humanistic
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Category: Education, Humanistic


Author : National Endowment for the Humanities
ISBN : UOM:39015061948942
Genre : Humanities
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Category: Humanities

Who Owns The Past

Author : Australian Academy of the Humanities
ISBN : UOM:39015010728361
Genre : Antiquities
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Papers by, E.P. Willmot, D.J. Mulvaney, A. Erh Soon Tay and S.M. Sullivan annotated separately.
Category: Antiquities

Who Owns The News

Author : Will Slauter
ISBN : 1503607712
Genre : History
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Introduction -- Owning news in an age of censorship and monopoly -- Toward a culture of copying in eighteenth-century Britain -- Scissors editors : cutting and pasting in early America -- Market news and the limits of copyright in nineteenth-century America -- Debating copyright for news in industrial Britain -- Press associations and the quest for exclusivity in the United States -- International News Service v. Associated Press and its legacy -- Epilogue : the view from the digital age
Category: History


Author :
ISBN : NWU:35556028017531
Genre : History
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Category: History


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ISBN : UOM:39015074314439
Genre : Atlantic Coast (Canada)
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Category: Atlantic Coast (Canada)

How To Create Your Own African American Library

Author : Dorothy L. Ferebee
ISBN : UCSC:32106017010304
Genre : Reference
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Introduces an annotated collection of more than one hundred essential works for any African-American home library, covering such categories as literature, music, religion and spirituality, African-American history, and more, with works by such acclaimed authors as Maya Angelou, Malcolm X, Frederick Douglass, and others. Original.
Category: Reference

National Parks

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ISBN : MINN:31951P00700996R
Genre : Conservation of natural resources
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Category: Conservation of natural resources

Quarterly Essay 23 The History Question

Author : Inga Clendinnen
ISBN : 9781458798602
Genre : History
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In the third Quarterly Essay for 2006, Inga Clendinnen looks past the skirmishes and pitched battles of the history wars and asks what's at stake - what kind of history do we want and need? Should our historians be producing the ''''''''objective record of achievement'''''''' that the Prime Minister has called for? For Clendinnen, historians cannot be the midwives of national identity and also be true to their profession: history cannot do the work of myth. Clendinnen illuminates the ways in which history, myth and fiction differ from one another, and why the differences are important. In discussing what good history looks like, she pays tribute to the human need for story telling but notes the distinctive critical role of the historian. She offers a spirited critique of Kate Grenville's novel The Secret River, and discusses the Stolen Generations and the role of morality in history writing. This is an eloquent and stimulating essay about a subject that has generated much heat in recent times: how we should record and regard the nation's past. ''''''''Who owns the past? In a free society, everyone. It is a magic pudding belonging to anyone who wants to cut themselves a slice, from legend manufacturers through novelists looking for ready - made plots, to interest groups out to extend their influence.'''''''' - Inga Clendinnen, The History Question.
Category: History

Who Owns America S Past

Author : Robert C. Post
ISBN : 9781421411019
Genre : History
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In 1994, when the National Air and Space Museum announced plans to display the Enola Gay, the B-29 sent to destroy Hiroshima with an atomic bomb, the ensuing political uproar caught the museum's parent Smithsonian Institution entirely unprepared. As the largest such complex in the world, the Smithsonian cares for millions of objects and has displayed everything from George Washington's sword to moon rocks to Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Why did this particular object arouse such controversy? From an insider’s perspective, Robert C. Post’s Who Owns America’s Past? offers insight into the politics of display and the interpretation of history. Never before has a book about the Smithsonian detailed the recent and dramatic shift from collection-driven shows, with artifacts meant to speak for themselves, to concept-driven exhibitions, in which objects aim to tell a story, displayed like illustrations in a book. Even more recently, the trend is to show artifacts along with props, sound effects, and interactive elements in order to create an immersive environment. Rather than looking at history, visitors are invited to experience it. Who Owns America’s Past? examines the different ways that the Smithsonian’s exhibitions have been conceived and designed—whether to educate visitors, celebrate an important historical moment, or satisfy donor demands or partisan agendas. Combining information from hitherto-untapped archival sources, extensive interviews, a thorough review of the secondary literature, and considerable personal experience, Post gives the reader a behind-the-scenes view of disputes among curators, academics, and stakeholders that were sometimes private and at other times burst into headline news.
Category: History

History News

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ISBN : WISC:89077928299
Genre : United States
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Category: United States

Historical Abstracts

Author : Eric H. Boehm
ISBN : STANFORD:36105029534109
Genre : History, Modern
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Category: History, Modern