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History and Memory : European Perspectives - Jacques Legoff

History and Memory

European Perspectives

Hardcover Published: 26th November 1992
ISBN: 9780231075909
Number Of Pages: 288
For Ages: 22+ years old

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-- Gerald Prince, University of Pennsylvania

Historiography has its fashions, and this is a clear and persuasive portrayal of a present trend away from the fraternization of history with philosophy, theology, literature and the history of the plastic arts, toward a flirtation with politics and the social sciences...A fine study. The Historian

Preface
Past/Presentp. 1
The distinction between past and present in psychologyp. 3
The distinction between past and present in light of linguisticsp. 4
The distinction between past and present in primitive thoughtp. 7
General reflections on the distinction between past and present in historical consciousnessp. 9
The evolution of the relation between past and present in European thought from ancient Greece to the nineteenth centuryp. 11
The ghost of the past, the history of the present, and the fascination with the future in the twentieth centuryp. 15
Antique (Ancient)/Modernp. 21
An ambiguous Western pairingp. 21
In this pair the modern is the main problemp. 22
The ambiguity of the antique (ancient): Greco-Roman antiquity and other antiquitiesp. 24
The Modern and its competitors: Modern and New, Modern and Progressp. 26
Antique (ancient)/modern and history: Quarrels between Ancients and Moderns in preindustrial Europe from the sixth to the eighteenth centuriesp. 27
Antique (ancient)/modern and history: Modernism, modernization, modernity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuriesp. 32
Domains that reveal modernismp. 42
The historical conditions of the recognition of modernismp. 47
The ambiguity of the modernp. 49
Memoryp. 51
Ethnic Memoryp. 55
The Rise of Memory: From Orality to Writing, from Prehistory to Antiquityp. 58
Memory in the Middle Ages: Western Europep. 68
The Progress of Written and Figured Memory from the Renaissance to the Presentp. 81
Contemporary Revolutions in Memoryp. 90
Conclusion: The Stake of Memoryp. 97
Historyp. 101
Paradoxes and Ambiguities of Historyp. 106
Is history a science of the past, or is it true that "there is only contemporary history"?p. 106
Knowledge and power: Objectivity and the manipulation of the pastp. 111
The singular and the universal: Generalizations and regularities in historyp. 115
The Historical Mentality: Men and the Pastp. 127
Philosophies of Historyp. 152
History as a Science: The Historian's Craftp. 179
History Todayp. 199
Endnotesp. 217
Bibliographyp. 225
About the Authorp. 241
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780231075909
ISBN-10: 0231075901
Series: European Perspectives
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 26th November 1992
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.03  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.52