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Published: 26 February 2009

320 Pages | 30 cartoons by Andrzej Krauze


ISBN: 9780199541959

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On Living in an Old Country

The National Past in Contemporary Britain

Updated Edition

Patrick Wright

  • The book that put the British 'heritage industry' on the map, opening one of the defining cultural and political debates of its time
  • Brilliantly captures the ways in which history lives on as a tangible presence, permeating everyday life and shaping our sense of identity
  • Investigates the rise of 'heritage' across contemporary Britain, in literature, advertising, political rhetoric, television, conservation campaigns, and even urban development
  • Includes an extensive new preface reflecting on the ongoing debates that the book originally helped to kick-start

New to this Edition:

  • Extensive new preface and dialogue reflecting on the ongoing debate about the heritage industry which the book helped to kick-start.