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The Face of the Past : The Preservation of the Medieval Inheritance in Victorian England - Charles Dellheim

The Face of the Past

The Preservation of the Medieval Inheritance in Victorian England

Paperback Published: 5th July 2004
ISBN: 9780521602761
Number Of Pages: 236

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It is a striking paradox of nineteenth-century England that as it became the first industrial nation, it became increasingly fascinated by its preindustrial past and, in particular, its medieval inheritance. The preservation of that inheritance was a major cultural achievement of Victorian England, one that resonates in contemporary historic preservationist movements still so common throughout England. This is a study not of an elite of artists and thinkers but of broad cultural activities, such as local archaeology and tourism, historic preservation and restoration, and architectural historianism. Professor Dellheim argues that the interest in the medieval past was far more than a revolt against modern civilization. The concern with the past had both 'progressive' as well as 'conservative' uses and expressed and reflected both provincial and national consciousness. In its broadest sense, the book shows how the Victorians reworked tradition to suit the needs of their unprecedented society.

List of illustrations
The paradoxes of progress
The vision of history
The preservation of the past
The architecture of the industrial city
Epilogue: traditionalism and industrialism
Abbreviations used in notes
Bibliography essay
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521602761
ISBN-10: 0521602769
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 5th July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.94 x 20.96  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.54