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Introduction: Remembering the Present

John Seed

in Dissenting Histories

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780748621514
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651306 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621514.003.0007
Introduction: Remembering the Present

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This book is concerned not just with history as a representation of the past, but also with history as part of the bitterly divided collective memory of the present. And it is concerned, especially, with the relations between these – between the history that men and women experienced, imagined, and remembered, and the history which historians wrote. This chapter suggests that the historical writings explored in other chapters stand at the unstable boundaries of history and memory. It also introduces a concept – ‘narrative identity’ – which helps make sense of why it was precisely history that was so pivotal to eighteenth-century Dissent.

Keywords: narrative identity; collective memory; history; eighteenth-century Dissent

Chapter.  4412 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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