By Eric Hobsbawm,Terence Ranger

some of the traditions which we expect of as very historic of their origins weren't in reality sanctioned through lengthy utilization over the centuries, yet have been invented relatively lately. This ebook explores examples of this technique of invention – the production of Welsh and Scottish 'national culture'; the elaboration of British royal rituals within the 19th and 20th centuries; the origins of imperial rituals in British India and Africa; and the makes an attempt by way of radical hobbies to enhance counter-traditions in their personal. It addresses the advanced interplay of previous and current, bringing jointly historians and anthropologists in a desirable examine of formality and symbolism which poses new questions for the certainty of our history.

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