Do we do the past differently now? An interview with David Lowenthal

Edwards, Sarah and Wilson, Juliette (2014) Do we do the past differently now? An interview with David Lowenthal. Consumption, Markets and Culture, 17 (2). pp. 105-119. ISSN 1025-3866 (

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The purpose of the interview was to talk to David Lowenthal about the imminent release of his updated version of The Past Is a Foreign Country, a seminal work on history, memory and nostalgia which profoundly influenced debates on heritage culture following its initial publication in 1985. David served in the US Army during World War Two and during his long and distinguished career as a cultural geographer taught at Vassar College and the University of the West Indies. He is now emeritus professor of geography at University College London. His books include West Indian Societies (1972), Landscape Meanings and Values (with Edmund Penning-Rowsell, 1986), The Politics of the Past (with Peter Gathercole, 1989) and The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History (1997). The interview took place in London on 24 September 2012.


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