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The Invention of Tradition (Canto Classics)

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Cover TextMany 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.
SummaryA fascinating study of ritual and symbolism which poses new questions for the understanding of our history.
Product TypeBook
Publishing year2019
Publishing date01/07/2019
Pages326 pages
SizeWidth 139 mm, Height 216 mm, Thickness 25 mm
Weight478 g
Article no.12608258


Table of Content1. Introduction: inventing traditions Eric Hobsbawm; 2. The invention of tradition: the Highland tradition of Scotland Hugh Trevor Roper; 3. From a death to a view: the hunt for the Welsh past in the Romantic period Prys Morgan; 4. The context, performance and meaning of ritual: the British Monarchy and the invention of tradition, c.1820-1977 David Cannadine; 5. Representing authority of tradition in Victorian India Bernard S....more
Critique'The most stimulating history book which has come my way this year '. History Today


Geboren am 9. Juni 1917 in Alexandria, Ägypten. Schulzeit in Wien (bis 1931), Berlin (1931-33) und London (1933-36). Nach dem Studium an der University of Cambridge, King's College (1936-39; 1951 Dr. phil.) und dem Militärdienst in der britischen Armee (1940-46) begann Hobsbawm seine Lehrtätigkeit am Birkbeck College, University of London 1947-71). Von 1971 bis zur Emeritierung 1982 hatte er eine Professur für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte an der University of London inne.
1950-55 Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. Verschiedene Gastprofessuren. Ab 1984 Lehrstuhl für Politik und Gesellschaft an der New School for Social Research, New York.
Eric J. Hobsbawm, verheiratet mit Marlene, geb. Schwarz, lebte bis zu seinem Tod im Oktober 2012 in London.