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Performing the Past: Memory, History, and Identity in Modern Europe
edited by Karin Tilmans, Frank van Vree and Jay M. Winter
Amsterdam University Press, 2010
Paper: 978-90-8964-205-9 | eISBN: 978-90-485-1202-7
Library of Congress Classification D16.8.P382 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 900


Throughout Europe, narratives about the past circulate at a dizzying speed, and producing and selling these narratives is big business. In museums, in cinema and opera houses, in schools, and even on the Internet, Europeans are using the power of performance to craft stories that ultimately define the ways their audiences understand and remember history.

Performing the Past
offers unparalleled insights into the philosophical, literary, musical, and historical frameworks within which the past has entered into the European imagination. The essays in this volume, from such internationally renowned scholars as Reinhart Koselleck, Jan Assmann, Jane Caplan, Marianne Hirsch, Leo Spitzer, Peter Burke, and Alessandro Portelli, investigate various national and disciplinary traditions to explain how Europeans see themselves in the past, in the present, and in the years to come.

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