The Invention of Tradition

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Eric Hobsbawm, Terence O. Ranger
Cambridge University Press, Jul 31, 1992 - History - 322 pages
15 Reviews
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.
  

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User Review  - David Vine - Goodreads

A useful collection despite their age, and while very helpful for each subject the individual essays are on, still do not function as a cohesive whole. As others have mentioned, as a book, this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

Some great essays here. I would've liked to see a few more theoretical approaches as well, however. Also surprised that there was no chapter on constructing Irishness, aside the inventions of Welsh, Scottish, and English traditions. Read full review

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Eric Hobsbawm is a neo-Marxist historian of the Industrial Revolution who pays particular attention to the inequities toward the lower classes, especially in law and politics.

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