- The Oxford Handbook of Public History
- List of Contributors
- The Past and Future of Public History: Developments and Challenges
- Internationalizing Public History
- Complexity and Collaboration: Doing Public History in Digital Environments
- Decentralizing Culture: Public History and Communities
- Trading Zones: Collaborative Ventures in Disability History
- Popular Understandings of the Past: Interpreting History through Graphic Novels
- The Business of History: Customers, Professionals, and Money
- Public Histories for Human Rights: Sites of Conscience and the Guantánamo Public Memory Project
- Archives for Justice, Archives of Justice
- Sexuality and the Cities: Interdisciplinarity and the Politics of Queer Public History
- Public History and the Environment
- From Environmental Liability to Community Asset: Public History, Communities, and Environmental Reclamation
- Between Pastness and Presentism: Public History and Local Food Activism
- Historians and Public History in the UN System
- Good Enough for Government Work
- Shaping Institutional Memory: Public History on Capitol Hill
- History, Heritage, and the Representation of Ethnic Diversity: Cultural Tourism in China
- Public History, Cultural Institutions, and National Identity: Dialogues about Difference
- History Museums and Identity: Finding “Them,” “Me,” and “Us” in the Gallery
- National Museums, National Narratives, and Identity Politics
- The Personalization of Loss in Memorial Museums
- The Magna Carta: 800 Years of Public History
- Public History as a Social Form of Knowledge
- Brownfield Public History: Arts and Heritage in the Aftermath of Deindustrialization
- Politics and Memory: How Germans Face Their Past
- The Legacy of Collecting: Colonial Collecting in the Belgian Congo and the Duty of Unveiling Provenance
- Slavery Tourism: Representing a Difficult History in Ghana
- How You Understand Your Story: The Survival Story within Cambodian American Genocide Communities
- In the Service of the State: Monuments and Memorials in Indonesia
Abstract and Keywords
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.
James B. Gardner is a historian based in Washington, DC. He is a former executive at the National Archives, the National Museum of American History, and the American Historical Association, and a past president of the National Council on Public History. His most recent publications include essays in The Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics: Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Museum; Museum Practice: Critical Debates in the Museum Sector; and Museum Theory: An Expanded Field.
Paula Hamilton is an adjunct professor of history at the University of Technology Sydney, where she was involved in setting up the public history program, which ran between 1989 and 2005. She is currently the president of Oral History New South Wales and is involved in a number of projects to increase the profile of oral history in that region. Her most recent book is A Cultural History of Sound, Memory and the Senses (edited with Joy Damousi).
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