What is public history globally?

Working with the past in the present

Paul Ashton (Editor), Alex Trapeznik (Editor)

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Abstract

Across the globe, history has gone public. With the rise of the internet, family historians are now delving into archives continents apart. Activists look into and recreate the past to promote social justice or environmental causes. Dark and difficult pasts are confronted at sites of commemoration. Artists draw on memory and the past to study the human condition and make meaning in the present. As a result of this democratisation of history, public history movements have now risen to prominence.

This groundbreaking edited collection takes a comprehensive look at public history throughout the world. Divided into three sections - Background, Definitions and Issues; Approaches and Methods; and Sites of Public History - it contextualises public history in eleven different countries, explores the main research skills and methods of the discipline and illustrates public history research with a variety of global case studies.

What is Public History Globally? provides an in-depth examination of the ways in which ordinary people become active participants in historical processes and it will be an invaluable resource for advance undergraduates and postgraduates studying public history, museology and heritage studies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages365
ISBN (Electronic)9781350033276, 9781350033269
ISBN (Print)9781350033283, 9781350033290
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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    Ashton, P., & Trapeznik, A. (Eds.) (2019). What is public history globally? Working with the past in the present. London ; New York: Bloomsbury Academic.