The Invention of Tradition Topics for Discussion

Eric Hobsawm and Terence Ranger
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What is an 'invented tradition?' Why does Hobsbawm think the concept is worth analyzing?

Discuss two purposes the authors think that invented traditions serve. Give detailed examples.

Explain the ten factors that affected the variation of royal ceremony in Britain between 1820 and 1977 and how they affected the four periods of ceremony documented in Chapter 4.

How was the Imperial Assemblage used to subordinate the Indian peoples?

Why do so many of the authors track tradition invention to the late nineteenth century and the Romantic Movement?

What does social cohesion have to do with invented traditions? How are they associated?

Compare and contrast the Scottish Highland Tradition and the Welsh Traditions discussed in Chapters 2 and 3. How are they alike? How are they different? What purposes did both traditions serve?

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