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  • Page extent: 328 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.4 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521437738 | ISBN-10: 0521437733)

  • Published July 1992

Replaced by 9781107604674


Many of the traditions thought of as very ancient in their origins were not in fact sanctioned by usage over the centuries, but invented relatively recently. This book addresses the complex interaction of past and present in a fascinating study of the development of symbolic ritualism.


1. 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. Cohen; 6. The invention of tradition in Colonial Africa Terence Roger; 7. Mass-producing traditions: Europe, 1870–1914 Eric Hobsbawm.


Eric Hobsbawm, Hugh Trevor Roper, Prys Morgan, David Cannadine, Bernard S. Cohen, Terence Ranger

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