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The Memory Phenomenon in Contemporary Historical Writing: by Patrick H. Hutton

By Patrick H. Hutton

In this ebook, the writer presents a entire review of the serious and sustained paintings at the dating among collective reminiscence and background, retracing the royal roads pioneering students have traveled of their examine and writing in this subject: particularly, the politics of commemoration (purposes and practices of public remembrance); the altering makes use of of reminiscence labored by means of new applied sciences of communique (from the brink of literacy to the electronic age); the immobilizing results of trauma upon reminiscence (with specific cognizance to the remembered legacy of the Holocaust). He follows with an research of the results of this scholarship for our puzzling over background itself, with realization to such matters because the mnemonics of ancient time, and the come across among illustration and event in old realizing. His booklet presents perception into the best way curiosity within the proposal of reminiscence - rather than long-standing choices, resembling delusion, culture, and history - has opened new vistas for scholarship not just in cultural background but additionally in shared ventures in reminiscence reports in similar fields within the humanities and social sciences.

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Memory’s episodes could intrude inconveniently into the present, jarring long-held 52 Philippe Ariès, Le Temps de l’histoire (1953; Paris: Seuil, 1986), 222–23. For the hero as mnemonic icon, see, for example, Barry Schwartz, Abraham Lincoln; Forge of National Memory (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 5–8, 293–312; Waldemar Heckel and Lawrence A. , Alexander the Great: A New History (Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), esp. 218–310; Francesca T. Royster, Becoming Cleopatra; the Shifting Image of an Icon (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).

66 An image is not simply rediscovered, but is reused in new contexts. Warburg’s work does not stand alone as an approach to the time travel of memory. 67 Warburg’s idea of time travel also invites comparison with Arthur Lovejoy’s conception of the history of ideas, presented as a new field of historiography during the 1930s. 68 So evoked, the idea is not only recalled but recirculated and recast in new settings. Warburg’s approach, however, was more encompassing, for he sought to combine images with ideas, taking into consideration the basic human emotions they incite in any age.

Halbwachs tested his thesis in a case study of the localization of an imaginary landscape of the Holy Land by European pilgrims visiting Palestine from the fourth to the fifteenth centuries. 57 Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) Halbwachs formulated his theory of collective memory as a refutation of the ideas of Sigmund Freud, whose best work focused on the psychology of the individual. Freud believed that individual memories remain intact in the recesses of the unconscious mind, from which they may be recovered through psychoanalytic technique.

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