Tomorrow's Ancestors: Nationalism, Identity and History<sup>*</sup>

David McCrone

in Scottish History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780748614196
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653317 | DOI:
Tomorrow's Ancestors: Nationalism, Identity and History*

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This chapter provides a sociologist's perspective on the endless dialogue between the past and the present. The central theme is: getting history right or wrong takes second place to the power, the charge, of history. It is of interest that the great sixteenth-century Scottish historian and thinker George Buchanan believed that the purpose of history was ‘to restore us to our own ancestors and our own ancestors to us’, but, though he lived in a post-classical era, he was spared the doubts of his post-modern descendants.

Keywords: sociology; past; present; Scottish history; George Buchanan

Chapter.  7824 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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