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The Benin Plaque And History.

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I think a lot of people are put off by history when they first do it, or from the tales of Kings and Queens or dry meaningless legislation which finds no resonance in their lives.

I suspect much of it has to do with the problem of constructing national narratives in Britain, France, Germany and parts of Europe. It is hard for them to actually reflect what really happened, because invariably they are nationalistic in outlook, if not content.

The development of Nation states is rarely that compact or insulated, as the Benin Plaque demonstrates. Neil MacGregor in A History of the World in 100 Objects does a marvellous job of enriching our appreciation of a wider, connected history.

This programme can be downloaded as an MP3 here.

Written by modernityblog

07/10/2010 at 14:49

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  1. Spot on. This series has been worth the price of the licence fee by itself.


    07/10/2010 at 22:23

  2. And bloody good it was produced before the present Govt got in, or we’d never hear it!


    07/10/2010 at 22:29

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