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dc.contributor.authorSalmon, Patrick
dc.date.accessioned2022-06-02T04:28:39Z
dc.date.available2022-06-02T04:28:39Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.date.submitted2022-05-31T14:14:11Z
dc.identifierONIX_20220531_9781914477218_32
dc.identifierhttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/55762
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/83342
dc.description.abstractHerbert Butterfield (1900–1979) was one of the earliest and strongest critics of what he saw as the British government’s attempts to control the past through the writing of so-called, ‘official histories’. His famous diatribe against the 'pitfalls' of government-mandated history first appeared in 1949, at a time when the British government was engaged in publishing official histories and diplomatic documents on an unprecedented scale following the Second World War. But why was Butterfield so hostile to official history, and why do his views still matter today? Written by one of the few historians employed by the British government, this important new book details how successive governments have applied a selective approach to the past in order to tell or re-tell Britain’s national history, with implications for the future. Providing a unique overview of the main trends of official history in Britain since the Second World War, the book details how Butterfield came to suspect that the British government was trying to suppress vital documents revealing the Duke of Windsor’s dealings with Nazi Germany. This seemed to confirm his long-held belief that all governments would seek to manipulate history if they could, and conceal the truth if they could not. At the beginning of the 21st century, official history is still being written and the book concludes with an insider’s perspective on the many issues it faces today– on freedom of information, social media and reengaging with our nation’s colonial legacy. Governments have recently been given many reminders that history matters, and it is Herbert Butterfield above all who reminds us that we must remain vigilant in monitoring how they respond to the challenge.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIHR Shorts
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBA History: theory & methods::HBAH Historiography
dc.subject.otherHerbert Butterfield
dc.subject.otherNazi
dc.subject.othercollective memory
dc.subject.otherWorld War 2
dc.subject.otherarchive
dc.subject.otherGLAM
dc.subject.othermuseum
dc.subject.otherDuke of Windsor
dc.subject.otherHitler
dc.subject.otherBritain
dc.subject.othercolonial history
dc.subject.otherIndia
dc.subject.otherGermany
dc.subject.otherIreland
dc.subject.otherBletchley Park
dc.subject.othersuppressed history
dc.subject.otherforgotten history
dc.subject.otherwar crimes
dc.subject.otherjingosim
dc.subject.othernational histories
dc.subject.otherNational Trust
dc.subject.otherslavery
dc.subject.othereducation
dc.titleThe Control of the Past
dc.title.alternativeHerbert Butterfield and the Pitfalls of Official History
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.14296/202112.9781914477218
oapen.relation.isbn9781914477218
oapen.relation.isbn9781914477195
oapen.imprintInstitute of Historical Research
oapen.pages118
oapen.place.publicationLondon


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