Polarized Pasts: Heritage and Belonging in Times of Political Polarization

Elisabeth Niklasson* (Editor)

*Corresponding author for this work

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When questions of belonging enter the forefront of political debates, so too does heritage. This volume draws critical voices from archaeology, anthropology and the classics into a conversation about political uses of the past in times of radical right populism. The authors show how ancient monuments and sites, bygone eras and political regimes, and even your genetic ancestry, can become wrapped up in polarized political debates. They also highlight how heritage, which is often thought of as a common good, can be dangerous in times of political polarization – erasing nuances between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Together, the texts pave the way for a better understanding of the political role of heritage in society.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages234
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80073-849-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-80073-848-5
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2023


  • Cultural Heritage
  • Archaeology
  • Politics
  • Identity
  • Populism
  • Fascism
  • aDNA
  • Myth
  • Uses of the past


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