Marking Time

Ludmilla Jordanova

in History, Commemoration and National Preoccupation

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264065
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734496 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

Marking Time

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This chapter reflects critically on ‘marking time’ — the complex and interlinked notions of remembrance, celebration, honouring, and commemoration. It unpacks some of the assumptions about periodization and the nature of historical agency bound up with commemoration, and tackles the difficult notions of ‘identification’ and ‘honouring’. It exhorts professional historians to subject all these to critical analysis when engaging with public history.

Keywords: remembrance; celebration; honouring; commemoration; periodization; historical agency; identification; public history

Chapter.  5914 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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