The past we associate with ourselves, “Others,” and particular spaces—be they historical sites or global communities—is central to the study of current global transformative cultural processes. Thus, investigating the uses and narratives of history among tourists and their local “hosts,” we might gain important insights into how we try to make sense of the ever-changing present and our place in it. One way of doing so would be to apply the analytical terminology discerned in this article. Taking a number of studies as a point of departure, the article suggests a way of “mapping” the uses and narratives of history in international heritage tourism contexts. The proposed typology should not be conceived as static, but rather as a conceptual attempt to assist public historians as they reflect upon the dynamics of heritage-tourism contexts.
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