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Memory has a history. The Classical world ordered and valued events differently than the Medieval world; which, in turn, was replaced by "the memory" of the Renaissance. Matt Matsuda's compelling, multidisciplinary argument in The Memory of the Modern is that the understanding, value, and uses of memory changed yet again at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries, becoming distinctively "modern."

Matsuda proves his argument by visiting a remarkable array of "memory-sites": the destruction of a monument to Napoleon during the 1871 Paris Commune; the frantic selling of futures of the Paris stock-exchange; the state's forensic search for a vagabond rapist and murderer; a child's perjured testimony on the witness stand; a scientist's dissecting of the human brain; the invention of cameras and the cinema.

Each chapter studies a distinct moment when new representations of the past were forged, contested, and put to cultural and ideological use. And all these diverse events cohere as Matsuda repeatedly shows which "memories" were celebrated and which forgotten, which traditions invented and appropriated and which discarded. More importantly, he explains why, and in doing so answers the broader question: Who controls what is remembered and who is believed?

Matsuda demonstrates that the questions raised by the history of the birth of modern memory at the turn of the century resonate in the critical, ethical, and historical challenges of our own modernity and post-modernity.

Synopsis:

A multidisciplinary work, Memory of the Modern examines stock markets, tango dancers, vagabond murderers, neurology, monument destruction, and colonial policies to document how individuals and institutions shaped memory in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book studies these diverse "memory-sites" to show how memory and history are fought over, shaped, and put to personal and ideological use.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195093643
Author:
Matsuda, Matt K.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Matt K. Matsuda
Author:
null, Matt K.
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
History, World | Modern
Subject:
France Civilization 1830-1900.
Subject:
Memory -- History.
Subject:
World History-France
Series Volume:
No. 433
Publication Date:
19960531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 halftones
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.32x6.32x.89 in. 1.31 lbs.

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History and Social Science » World History » France » General
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"Synopsis" by , A multidisciplinary work, Memory of the Modern examines stock markets, tango dancers, vagabond murderers, neurology, monument destruction, and colonial policies to document how individuals and institutions shaped memory in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book studies these diverse "memory-sites" to show how memory and history are fought over, shaped, and put to personal and ideological use.
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