Contested Inheritances, 1750-1830

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Contested Inheritances sets out to explore the plurality of historical representations and the contestation surrounding interpretations of national pasts. Focusing on Britain in the long eighteenth century, the topics we hope to explore on this day will include:

  • Antiquarianism and related modes of interpreting the past
  • Allegorical representations of British history to critique and transform the eighteenth century present and its national institutions
  • Ways in which the past was made accessible and entertaining to contemporary eighteenth-century audiences

In particular, we are interested in exploring how contested interpretations of the past were deployed by creative thinkers experimenting with constitutive elements of national identity.



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