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History and Memory

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In recent years, "memory" has become a central and controversial concept in historical studies. It is a term that denotes a new and distinctive field of study and a fresh way of conceptualizing history as a more general field of inquiry. This book provides historians with an accessible and stimulating introduction to debates and theories about memory and approaches to the ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 15th 2008 by Manchester University Press (first published November 1st 2007)
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Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)
Feb 26, 2015 Victoria (Eve's Alexandria) rated it really liked it
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I haven't recorded PhD related reading on Goodreads up to now, but have decided to change to include books that I have read cover to cover. After all, these take up a significant amount of my reading time!

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in getting an overview of memory theory as it relates to history and understanding the past. It isn't light reading by any means - Geoff writes dense, multi-clause prose - and took me ages to work through. But it's the best synthesis of the last
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Nicole
Apr 17, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
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super dense, but pretty interesting. particularly insightful discussion of oral/written history transmission and collective/social memory. a little repetitive at times, maybe. lots of good ideas though - i found myself typing paragraphs worth of quotes from this book to think about later.
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Feb 03, 2009 Starbubbles rated it liked it
very dense read, but very interesting material. but that's what you get when you read about memory theory.
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Clear, well organized. A great place to start on ideas of memory in the study of history!
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