History in the making: Celebrating the work of Raphael Samuel – essays in HWJ open access

Progressive Geographies

From the Verso blog:

Screen_Shot_2016-05-25_at_15.22.02-a6274dbbe882a837a71984eac9b91d6a.pngRaphael Samuel was one of the most influential historians to come out of the New Left generation. A founding member of the History Workshop Journal which pioneered the “history from below” approach to historical scholarship, Samuel’s work helped to democratise and move historical scholarship of the confines of the academy. His major work, Theatres of Memory, sought to celebrate the “unnofficial knowledge” that formed from popular conceptions of the past and present against the pretension of the professional historians.

As Samuel himself wrote, this approach was motivated by “the belief that history is or ought to be a collaborative enterprise, one in which the researcher, the archivist, the curator and the teacher, the ‘do-it-yourself’ enthusiast and the local historian, the family history societies and the individual archaeologist, should all be regarded as equally engaged.”

Alongside the passionate plea to remember “what others forget” in

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