Keeping Time: Memory, Nostalgia, and the Art of History

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University of Georgia Press, Nov 1, 2010 - History - 224 pages
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At once memoir and meditation, Keeping Time records one professional historian's struggle to live in history even as he studies it, writes about it, and teaches it. Exploring the omnipresence of the past in American life today, Peter N. Carroll weaves into his autobiographical narrative a wealth of provocative observations on the practice of history, the connections between “small” lives and large forces, and the relationship of personal choice to public activity.

Carroll feels compelled to view the past in a different way—not as something remote from the present, but as a vital current in everyone's life. He strives to popularize history, reminding us that the particulars of ordinary life are indeed historical, that all human beings, however “obscure” or “important,” exist in time, and that each must live in history.

 

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Contents

One Family Secrets
15
Two The Family Song
24
Three The Best Years
32
Four Ilomogenization
42
Five The Getaway
51
Midwest
61
Seven City Limits
75
Eight To Find Another History
87
Eleven The Professional Style
119
California
129
Thirteen Take Your Time
139
Fourteen History Lost
148
Fifteen History Found
158
Sixteen Historical Inventions
168
Seventeen Looking for an Old Flame
179
Eighteen Timekeepers
189

Nine Young Turks
99
Ten The Other Boswell
109
Nineteen Consider the Alternatives
200
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Peter N. Carroll is the author, coauthor, or editor of seventeen books, including The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Americans in the Spanish Civil War; They Still Draw Pictures: Children's Art in Wartime (with Anthony L. Geist); and a volume of poetry, Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem. He teaches at Stanford University.

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