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Introduction: Time's Arrows: Spaces of the Past
Introduction: Time's arrows: Spaces of the past
C. GreigCrysler

The three terms that animate the chapters in this section constitute different, if overlapping routes to the past. Though history, memory and tradition continue to hold distinctive meanings in relation to each other, in practice they are increasingly difficult to separate. For much of the 20th century, normative definitions represented history as the dominant of the three terms, referring to authoritative narratives produced by experts according to agreed scientific standards. Both memory and tradition were cast as subjective and hence biased, or primitive, unchanging and outside historical time (Olick and Robbins 1998, 109; Yoneyama 1999, 27; Bennett 2004, 1).

The so-called ‘crisis of history’ and the end to ‘grand meta-narratives’ marked by ...

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