History and Memory

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $17.47
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 80%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (11) from $17.47   
  • New (4) from $81.41   
  • Used (7) from $17.47   


— Gerald Prince, University of Pennsylvania

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

A leading member of the French "Annales" school argues that history is no more accurate or subjective than the human memory it is necessarily based on. The study, having gone through several French and Italian editions since 1977, is a major statement of "new history," and how it differs from, and evolved from, earlier theories. Le Goff provides a new preface for the English edition, noting recent trends. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
The Historian

Historiography has its fashions, and this is a clear and persuasive portrayal of a present trend away from the fraternization of history with philosophy, theology, literature and the history of the plastic arts, toward a flirtation with politics and the social sciences...A fine study.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

Jaques Le Goff is the Director of Studies and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Among his other books are Time, Work, and Culture in the Middle Ages andConstructing the Past: Essays in Historical Methodology.

Columbia University Press

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Past/Present 1
The distinction between past and present in psychology 3
The distinction between past and present in light of linguistics 4
The distinction between past and present in primitive thought 7
General reflections on the distinction between past and present in historical consciousness 9
The evolution of the relation between past and present in European thought from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century 11
The ghost of the past, the history of the present, and the fascination with the future in the twentieth century 15
Antique (Ancient)/Modern 21
An ambiguous Western pairing 21
In this pair the modern is the main problem 22
The ambiguity of the antique (ancient): Greco-Roman antiquity and other antiquities 24
The Modern and its competitors: Modern and New, Modern and Progress 26
Antique (ancient)/modern and history: Quarrels between Ancients and Moderns in preindustrial Europe from the sixth to the eighteenth centuries 27
Antique (ancient)/modern and history: Modernism, modernization, modernity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries 32
Domains that reveal modernism 42
The historical conditions of the recognition of modernism 47
The ambiguity of the modern 49
Memory 51
Ethnic Memory 55
The Rise of Memory: From Orality to Writing, from Prehistory to Antiquity 58
Memory in the Middle Ages: Western Europe 68
The Progress of Written and Figured Memory from the Renaissance to the Present 81
Contemporary Revolutions in Memory 90
Conclusion: The Stake of Memory 97
History 101
Paradoxes and Ambiguities of History 106
Is history a science of the past, or is it true that "there is only contemporary history"? 106
Knowledge and power: Objectivity and the manipulation of the past 111
The singular and the universal: Generalizations and regularities in history 115
The Historical Mentality: Men and the Past 127
Philosophies of History 152
History as a Science: The Historian's Craft 179
History Today 199
Endnotes 217
Bibliography 225
About the Author 241
Index 243
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)