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Revisiting 'The Past is a Foreign Country'

Public discussion of David Lowenthal’s new book

Revisiting 'The Past is a Foreign Country'

A packed meeting gathered on 11th November at The Warburg Institute, London, to discuss Professor David Lowenthal’s recently published book, The Past is a Foreign Country –Revisited, in which he returns to explore the issues raised in his classic 1985 study.

Summary responses to the book were offered by three distinguished commentators, Dr Alessandro Scafi, Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Cultural History at the Warburg Institute, Professor Simon Ditchfield, Professor of Early Modern History, University of York, and Professor Peter Burke, Emeritus Professor of Cultural History, Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Each expressed admiration for the breadth and detail of the book, and how it had  extended and brought up to date David’s earlier discussion of today’s “expanded past”, in which nostalgia and heritage pervade every facet of public and popular culture, and empathy, re-enactment, memory and commemoration overwhelm academic history.



The book