Constructing the Holocaust HB: A Study in Historiography / Edition 1

Constructing the Holocaust HB: A Study in Historiography / Edition 1

by Dan Stone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0853034907

ISBN-13: 9780853034902

Pub. Date: 04/01/2003

Publisher: Mitchell Vallentine & Company

Constructing the Holocaust examines the development of Holocaust historiography in the light of recent critical philosophy of history. It argues that the Holocaust provides both the occasion for, and the ultimate test of, new ways of giving meaning to the past. It also shows that examining our representations of the past is as important as archival research for…  See more details below

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Constructing the Holocaust examines the development of Holocaust historiography in the light of recent critical philosophy of history. It argues that the Holocaust provides both the occasion for, and the ultimate test of, new ways of giving meaning to the past. It also shows that examining our representations of the past is as important as archival research for understanding history. The problem under investigation is the paradox of using tools and methods inherited from western civilization in order to write about a set of events - the Holocaust - that impugn fundamental tenets of that very civilization. This paradox, though historians of the Holocaust increasingly acknowledge it, has not been investigated in detail before. This book explains how the paradox arose and why it remains largely unchallenged. It also points to ways of overcoming it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780853034902
Publisher:
Mitchell Vallentine & Company
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1The Holocaust and the Philosophy of History13
2Nazism52
3An Aggressive Silence82
4Memory and Historicization131
5The Uniqueness of the Holocaust: A Historiographical Case Study183
6Narrative Theory and Holocaust Historiography211
7Modernity and the Origins of the Holocaust239
Conclusion262
Bibliography268
Index303

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