Meaning and Representation in History
Berghahn Books, Aug 30, 2006 - History - 292 pages
History has always been more than just the past. It involves a relationship between past and present, perceived, on the one hand, as a temporal chain of events and, on the other, symbolically as an interpretation that gives meaning to these events through varying cultural orientations, charging it with norms and values, hopes and fears. And it is memory that links the present to the past and therefore has to be seen as the most fundamental procedure of the human mind that constitutes history: memory and historical thinking are the door of the human mind to experience. At the same time, it transforms the past into a meaningful and sense bearing part of the present and beyond. It is these complex interrelationships that are the focus of the contributors to this volume, among them such distinguished scholars as Paul Ricoeur, Johan Galtung, Eberhard Lämmert, and James E. Young. Full of profound insights into human society pat and present it is a book that not only historians but also philosophers and social scientists should engage with.
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Chapter 4 The Meaning of History
Chapter 5 The Meanings of History
Chapter 6 The Three Levels of Sinnbildung in Historical Writing
Chapter 9 Flights from History
Chapter 10 Memory and Identity
Chapter 11 The Material Presence of the Past
A Visual Expression of Historical Meaning
Chapter 13 Three Versions of Wallenstein
Chapter 14 The Arts of Jewish Memory in a Postmodern Age
Notes on the Contributors