History and Memory

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Manchester University Press, 2007 - History - 263 pages
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In recent years, 'memory' has become a central, though also a controversial, concept in historical studies - a term that denotes both a new and distinctive field of study and a fresh way of conceptualizing history as a field of inquiry more generally.
This book, which is aimed both at specialists and at students, provides historians with an accessible and stimulating introduction to debates and theories about memory, and to the range of approaches that have been taken to the study of it in history and other disciplines
Contributing in a wide-ranging way to debate on some of the central conceptual problems of memory studies, the book explores the relationships between the individual and the collective, between memory as survival and memory as reconstruction, between remembering as a subjective experience and as a social or cultural practice, and between memory and history as modes of retrospective knowledge.

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The author gives a well-structured overview of different strands on memory in the discipline of history. The book starts of with the recent "turn to memory" in history (but also observed in other disciplines) and concludes that memory very well may be in crisis. The book is helpfull for getting a better understanding of the concepts history and memory and the relationships inbetween. The author has chosen a (post)structuralist perspective, putting the idea of memory as social construct central.  

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Geoffrey Cubitt is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York

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