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History, Heritage and Tradition in Contemporary British Politics: Past Politics and Present Histories Hardcover – 8 Jun 2012


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Although it is quite wide-ranging in terms of source material, the focus of this interesting, readable, and thought-provoking book is most concerned with the historically inflected rhetoric by senior members of political parties than on the historical political imagination per se. The focus is frequently on the aesthetic and emotional ends that the rhetoric is put to-with the book drawing on various literary writings for approaches and to appropriate critical distinctions. Particularly good are arguments about the importance of the decline-across the board-of political pessimism, and its replacement by a deadening optimism that is both born of an extremely limited world view but which nevertheless projects an unlimited vista forwards. "this is a fascinating and thought-provoking book, which is well worth reading." (Political Studies Review Volume 12, Issue 3, September 2014) -- .

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Emily Robinson is an Advance Research Fellow in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham

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