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The Return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis
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Dec 03, 07

Recommended for: historians
Read in October, 2007

I was deeply impressed when I read this book. I read it like a fiction not like a historian book. (according to the linguistic turn this method of reasoning seems to be a tragedy)I was interested in tasks that Devis set before herself. She tried to understand the motivations of her heroes. but not only those who were described in the source but also the motivations of the recorders, what were the feelings of the witnesses of that events. and why they had exactly that feelings. It's the kind of close-up history that impounds with the details the canvas of "general history". I would not reduce it only to the problem of the identity in the early modern history. Of course it is one of the most important streams but not the single. We could find there the problem of traditional culture and different world-view issues. I recommend this book as the wonderful example of the microhistory and just for enjoying also.
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Genichka I was deeply impressed when I read this book. I read it like a fiction not like a historian book. (according to the linguistic turn this method of reasoning seems to be a tragedy)I was interested in tasks that Devis set before herself. She tried to understand the motivations of her heroes. but not only those who were described in the source but also the motivations of the recorders, what were the feelings of the witnesses of that events. and why they had exactly that feelings. It's the kind of close-up history that impounds with the details the canvas of "general history". I would not reduce it only to the problem of the identity in the early modern history. Of course it is one of the most important streams but not the single. We could find there the problem of traditional culture and different world-view issues. I recommend this book as the wonderful example of the microhistory and just for enjoying also.


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