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Heritage, Culture, and Politics in the Postcolony

Daniel Herwitz


The act of remaking one's history into a heritage, a conscientiously crafted narrative placed over the past, is a thriving industry in almost every postcolonial culture. This is surprising, given the tainted role of heritage in so much of colonialism's history. Yet the postcolonial state, like its European predecessor of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, deploys heritage institutions and instruments, museums, courts of law, and universities to empower itself with unity, longevity, exaltation of value, origin, and destiny. This book reveals the febrile pitch, at which heritage is staked. ... More

Keywords: colonialism, postcolonial state, precolonial world, Indian modernity, exceptionalism, social change, apartheid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231160186
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231160186.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Herwitz, author
University of Michigan