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date: 04 July 2020

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Against a background of extensive political and social change across the world since the 1990s, this chapter explores the development of public history in an international context. It charts the definitional issues in public history, the spread of public history as a concept and practice, and the development of training programs in several countries, outlining differences and similarities. It also examines the changing context for public history theory and practice, with particular attention to the impact of scholarship such as memory studies and critical heritage on the field. Finally, it outlines the rise of China and the shift in perspective this entails for international public historians.

Keywords: international public history, memory, heritage, historical practice, internationalization

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