The Memory Phenomenon in Contemporary Historical Writing

How the Interest in Memory Has Influenced Our Understanding of History

Authors: Hutton, Patrick H.

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  • Offers a thorough overview of the relationship between collective memory and history
  • Examines how scholars have pioneered research on memory and history, considering topics such as technology, public remembrance, and trauma
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In this book, the author provides a comprehensive overview of the intense and sustained work on the relationship between collective memory and history, retracing the royal roads pioneering scholars have traveled in their research and writing on this topic: notably, the politics of commemoration (purposes and practices of public remembrance); the changing uses of memory worked by new technologies of communication (from the threshold of literacy to the digital age); the immobilizing effects of trauma upon memory (with particular attention to the remembered legacy of the Holocaust). He follows with an analysis of the implications of this scholarship for our thinking about history itself, with attention to such issues as the mnemonics of historical time, and the encounter between representation and experience in historical understanding. His book provides insight into the way interest in the concept of memory - as opposed to long-standing alternatives, such as myth, tradition, and heritage - has opened new vistas for scholarship not only in cultural history but also in shared ventures in memory studies in related fields in the humanities and social sciences.

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Patrick Hutton is Professor Emeritus of History in the Integrated Humanities Program at the University of Vermont, USA.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Historiographical Background to the Memory Phenomenon

    Pages 1-27

    Hutton, Patrick H.

  • Pierre Nora’s Les Lieux de mémoire 30 Years After

    Pages 29-48

    Hutton, Patrick H.

  • The Politics of Commemoration

    Pages 49-72

    Hutton, Patrick H.

  • Cultural Memory: From the Threshold of Literacy to the Digital Age

    Pages 73-100

    Hutton, Patrick H.

  • From History to Historical Remembrance in Holocaust Studies

    Pages 101-128

    Hutton, Patrick H.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Memory Phenomenon in Contemporary Historical Writing
Book Subtitle
How the Interest in Memory Has Influenced Our Understanding of History
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49466-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-49466-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49464-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-69737-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 234
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