First published in 1999, this volume examines antiquarianism which had its roots in Renaissance thought and was a popular intellectual and cultural pursuit throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The antiquarian work of collecting, compiling and presenting material which exposed the past was seminal to the formation of social and national identities. These essays evaluate the cultural and poltical implications of antiquarianism in the period 1700-1850. The volume also considers how the antiquarians laid the foundations of later museum culture and the discipline of history.

With a preface by Stephen Bann and introduced by Martin Myrone and Lucy Peltz, Producing the Past has contributions from Stephen Bending, Alexandrina Buchanan, Susan A. Crane, David Haycock, Maria Grazia Lolla, Heather MacLennan, Martin Myrone, Lucy Peltz, Annegret Pelz, Sam Smiles and Johann Reusch.

chapter 1|20 pages

Ceci n'est pas un monument: Vetusta Monumenta and antiquarian aesthetics

ByMaria Grazia Lolla

chapter 3|12 pages

British antiquity and antiquarian illustration

BySam Smiles

chapter 6|20 pages

Caspar David Friedrich and national antiquarianism in Northern Germany

ByJohann J.K. Reusch

chapter 8|14 pages

The desk: excavation site and repository of memories

ByAnnegret Pelz, Anne Puetz

chapter 11|17 pages

Story, history and the passionate collector

BySusan A. Crane