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The Oxford History of Historical WritingVolume 4: 1800-1945$
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Stuart Macintyre, Juan Maiguashca, and Attila Pók

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533091.001.0001

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Lay History

Lay History

Official and Unofficial Representations, 1800–1914

(p.115) Chapter 6 Lay History
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Peter Burke

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a panoramic view of the age in which historical research, thought, and writing were becoming professionalized. During this time, historical research became focused on versions of the past that were aimed at the public. Accounts produced by non-professional historians and often taking the form of images or rituals rather than texts would be described as ‘unofficial’ history, were it not for the fact that governments encouraged or even commissioned many of them. This chapter also concentrates on Europe and the Americas, where most of these types of representation were produced and consumed. The chapter also looks at the rise of both the historical novel and the historical monument in the Middle East, China, and Japan.

Keywords:   historical research, non-professional historians, unofficial history, Europe, Americas, historical novel, historical monument

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