People and their Pasts

Public History Today

  • Paul Ashton
  • Hilda Kean

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: People and their Pasts and Public History Today

  3. The Making of History

  4. Presenting the Past in Place and Space

  5. Material Culture, Memory and Public Histories

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 279-304

About this book


In this innovative and original collection, people are seen as active agents in the development of new ways of understanding the past and creating histories for the present. Chapters explore forms of public history in which people's experience and understanding of their personal, national and local pasts are part of their current lives.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Ashton
    • 1
  • Hilda Kean
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TechnologySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Ruskin CollegeOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2009
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-36109-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-23446-8
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