What Is Public History Globally? Working with the Past in the Present. Edited by Paul Ashton and Alex Trapeznik

Neprestano se objavljuju nove knjige o javnoj povijesti, primjerice “The Oxford Handbook of Public History” (2017) i “A Companion to Public History” (2018), a upravo je objavljen zbornik “What Is Public History Globally? Working with the Past in the Present”.



What Is Public History Globally?

Working with the Past in the Present


Editor(s): Paul Ashton, Alex Trapeznik


Published: 01-10-2019

Format: Hardback

Edition: 1st

Extent: 392

ISBN: 9781350033283

Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic


About What Is Public History Globally?

Across the globe, history has gone public. With the rise of the internet, family historians are now delving into archives continents apart. Activists look into and recreate the past to promote social justice or environmental causes. Dark and difficult pasts are confronted at sites of commemoration. Artists draw on memory and the past to study the human condition and make meaning in the present. As a result of this democratisation of history, public history movements have now risen to prominence.

This groundbreaking edited collection takes a comprehensive look at public history throughout the world. Divided into three sections – Background, Definitions and Issues; Approaches and Methods; and Sites of Public History – it contextualises public history in eleven different countries, explores the main research skills and methods of the discipline and illustrates public history research with a variety of global case studies.

What is Public History Globally?
provides an in-depth examination of the ways in which ordinary people become active participants in historical processes and it will be an invaluable resource for advance undergraduates and postgraduates studying public history, museology and heritage studies.


Table of contents

List of Figures
List of Contributors

The Public Turn: History Today, Paul Ashton and Alex Trapeznik

Section 1: Background, Definitions and Issues
1. Public History in Australia: History in Place, Lisa Murray and Mark Dunn
2. Public History in Britain: Repossessing the Past, Mark Donnelly
3. Public History in Canada: Service or Public Service?, Mike Dove and Michelle Hamilton
4. Public History in China: Past Making in the Present, Li Na
5. Public History in Germany: Opening New Spaces, Thorsten Logge and Nico Nolden
6. Public History in India: Towards a People’s Past, Indira Chowdhury and Srijan Mandal
7. Public History in Indonesia: The Old Disorder?, Paul Ashton, Kresno Brahmantyo and Jaya Keaney
8. Public History in New Zealand: From Treaty to Te Papa, Alex Trapeznik
9. Public History in Scandinavia: Uses of the Past, Anne Brædder
10. Public History in South Africa: A Tool for Recovery, Julie Wells
11. Public History in the USA: Institutionalizing Old Practices, Thomas Cauvin

Section 2: Approaches and Methods
12. First Encounters: Approaching the Public Past, Meg Foster
13. Affective Afterlives: Public History, Archaeology and the Material Turn, Denis Byrne
14. The Archaeological Archive: Material Traces and Recovered Histories, Tracy Ireland
15. Archives and Public History: A Developing Partnership, Jeannette Bastian and Stephanie Krauss
16. ‘Speak, Memory’: Current Issues in Oral and Public History, Paula Hamilton
17. Who do you Think You Are?: The Family in Public History, Anna Green
18. Love Thy Neighbour: Local and Community history, Tanya Evans
19. Grass-Roots Activism, Heritage and Cultural Landscape: A Community Case Study, Keir Reeves and Jacqueline Z. Wilson
20. Past Continuous: Digital public history and social media, Serge Noiret

Section 3: Sites of Public History
21. Remembering Dark Pasts and Horrific Places: Sites of Conscience, Paul Ashton and Jacqueline Z. Wilson
22. #Fake History: The State of Heritage Interpretation, Sue Hodges
23. ‘The air still rings with the excitement of Spanish life’: Ybor City and the Cuban Cigar, Christopher J. Castañeda
24. Forgetting and Remembering in Bhopal: Architects as Agents of Memory, Amritha Ballal and Moulshri Joshi




“This book will appeal to those engaging with practical history. Each chapter explores Public History whilst engaging with current critical stances. International writers, using academic contexts, clearly illustrate important differences between nations and localities, developing new aspects of Public History.” –  Hilda Kean, Former Director of Public History, Ruskin College, Oxford, UK

“The interrogative title poses an important question. It is answered in wonderfully diverse essays: eleven map the terrain of public history in distinct national contexts; nine examine particular methods and approaches, many across contexts; and four focus on specific sites with striking comparative or trans-national implications. This triangulation complements the editors’ intriguing and suggestive subtitle-‘working with the past in the present”: the collection as a whole is considerably more than the sum of the individually impressive parts.” –  Michael Frisch, Senior Research Scholar and Emeritus Professor in History, University of Buffalo, USA