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The Memory Phenomenon in Contemporary Historical Writing

How the Interest in Memory Has Influenced Our Understanding of History


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Patrick H. Hutton
    Pages 49-72
  3. Patrick H. Hutton
    Pages 129-147
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 213-234

About this book


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.


memory memory studies historiography commemoration trauma

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of VermontBurlingtonUSA

About the authors

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

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 Patrick H. Hutton
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-49464-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-69737-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-49466-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 234
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Memory Studies
    Intellectual Studies
    Philosophy of History
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