Historic preservation, the state and nationalism in Britain

Swenson, A (2018) 'Historic preservation, the state and nationalism in Britain.' Nations and Nationalism, 24 (1). pp. 43-63. ISSN 1354-5078

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nana.12373


The paper discusses the relationship between the state, historic buildings preservation and nationalism in Britain from the nineteenth century to the present. It argues against the idea that, because of comparatively continuous nation and state formation, state preservation in Britain until the mid twentieth was exceptionally weak. By suggesting a broader understanding of ‘the state’, the paper shows the variety of ways in which institutions within the state were, and remain, involved. Through spotlights on major turning points in the administrative framework, it further argues that nationalism has been more often mobilized to foster state preservation than the other way round and suggests to place nationalism alongside other motive forces to understand the rise and transformation of state involvement in preservation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: heritage; heritage legislation; historic preservation; nationalism; UK
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2017 14:35
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2018 17:37
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