Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History

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Beacon Press, Jan 1, 1995 - History - 191 pages
In this provocative analysis of historical narrative, Michel-Rolph Trouillot demonstrates how power operates, often invisibly, at all stages in the making of history to silence certain voices. From the West's failure to acknowledge the Haitian Revolution, the most successful slave revolt in history, to the continued debate over denials of the Holocaust, and the meaning of Columbus's arrival in the Americas, Trouillot shows us that history is not simply the recording of facts and events, but a process of actively enforced silences, some unconscious, others quite deliberate.

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History may be written by the winners, but it is also written by those in power. Often, they are one and the same. So, who is to say what becomes “history” and what does not? Who controls what is ... Read full review

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This book starts out with an interesting notion: There are two aspects of history (1) the sociohistorical process, that is, "what happened" and (2) the historical narrative, that is, "that which is ... Read full review

Contents

The Power in the Story
1
The Three Faces of Sans Souci
31
An Unthinkable History
70
Copyright

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Michel-Rolph Trouillot is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. His books include "Haiti: State Against Nation and Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History,"

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