9781107604674

The Invention of Tradition

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    9781107604674

  • ISBN10:

    1107604672

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-03-26
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: inventing traditions
The invention of tradition: the Highland tradition of Scotland
From a death to a view: the hunt for the Welsh past in the Romantic period
The context, performance and meaning of ritual: the British Monarchy and the invention of tradition, c.1820-1977
Representing authority of tradition in Victorian India
The invention of tradition in Colonial Africa
Mass-producing traditions: Europe, 1870-1914
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