In the last forty years or so heritage has emerged as an increasingly expansive, elastic and at times bland and contrived, sphere of public history. As the academic dialogue around heritage has evolved, valuable studies have investigated the complex relations between material culture and the cultural sector institutions that curate the cultural past, and the production of social memory or collective identities at the scale of the nation‐state. Less attention however has been given to understanding the ways in which heritage and the ethos to preserve the past has been an important component to the story of globalisation over the last one hundred and fifty years or so. This chapter picks up this theme, examining how cultural heritage has formed as an arena of public history at that international level via the interaction between particular modes of expert knowledge and the wider political economies within which these have formed.
|Title of host publication||A Companion to Public History|
|Place of Publication||Hoboken|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|