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Scotland and the places of memory

Andrew Blaikie

in The Scots Imagination and Modern Memory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780748617869
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653515 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617869.003.0001
Scotland and the places of memory

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This chapter tries to understand how people sense belonging through memory, and how they interpret their past experiences by first considering their implication within the present. It notes that the history of memory has seen shifts from oral transmission to documentary recording and increasingly sophisticated forms of visual media. It observes that the printing press, Romanticism, mass literacy, and latterly electronic image processing have, since the Renaissance, ensured a proliferation of forms of commemoration — from postage stamps to museums — through which efforts have been made to develop shared national memories and by which such representations might not be deconstructed. It points out that in the encounter with modernity, new ways of seeing developed and it explores some examples using the Scottish case.

Keywords: memory; history; oral transmission; documentary recording; visual media; modernity; Romanticism

Chapter.  11655 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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