THE HOLOCAUST AND HISTORICAL METHODOLOGY
Edited by Dan Stone
ISBN 978-0-85745-492-8 $95.00/£60.00 Hb Published (August 2012)
eISBN 978-0-85745-493-5 eBook
“Most of the thoughtful papers, by scholars in Britain, Germany, Canada, the US, Israel, and elsewhere, seek to put the Holocaust in a broad cultural European and even worldwide perspective. The pivotal figure is Saul Friedlander, whose acclaimed books on the Holocaust incorporated testimonies of the victims together with meticulous analysis of the methods of extermination. Another important theme focuses on historians' moral sensitivity to what is now recognized as a paradigmatic genocide, in relation to dispassionate scholarly objectivity in evaluating sources and the literary qualities of historical narrative. Far too sophisticated for most college students, the collection is for their teachers and for historians involved in the study of 20th-century European and Jewish history.” · Choice
“This volume of essays makes a valuable contribution to theory in a field thickly populated with empirical work. Well indexed and containing both informative notes and a superb bibliography of Holocaust historiography, it will be well used by both faculty and students.” · Histoire sociale/Social history
“This book is timely and necessary and often extremely challenging. It brings together an impressive cast of scholars, spanning several academic generations…Anyone interested in writing about the Holocaust should read this book and consider the implications of what is written here for their own work. There seems to me little doubt that Holocaust history writing stands at something of a cross roads, and the ways forward that this volume points to are extremely thought provoking.” · Tom Lawson, University of Winchester
In the last two decades our empirical knowledge of the Holocaust has been vastly expanded. Yet this empirical blossoming has not been accompanied by much theoretical reflection on the historiography. This volume argues that reflection on the historical process of (re)constructing the past is as important for understanding the Holocaust—and, by extension, any past event—as is archival research. It aims to go beyond the dominant paradigm of political history and describe the emergence of methods now being used to reconstruct the past in the context of Holocaust historiography.
Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His recent publications include The Historiography of Genocide (ed., 2008), Histories of the Holocaust (2010), and The Oxford Handbook of Postwar European History (ed., 2012).
Related Link: Other Berghahn Titles by the Editor: Hannah Arendt and the Uses of History (co-edited with Richard H. King)
LC: D804.348.H646 2012
BL: YC.2013.a.6967BISAC: HIS043000 HISTORY/Holocaust; HIS016000 HISTORY/Historiography; HIS000000 HISTORY/GeneralBIC: HBTZ1 The Holocaust; HBWQ Second World War
Introduction: The Holocaust and Historical Methodology
PART I: MEMORY AND CULTURE IN THE THIRD REICH
Chapter 1. A World Without Jews: Interpreting the Holocaust
Chapter 2. Holocaust Historiography and Cultural History
Chapter 3. The Invisible Crime: Nazi Politics of Memory and Postwar Representations of the Holocaust
Chapter 4. The History of the Jews in the Ghettos: A Cultural Perspective
Chapter 5. National Socialism, Holocaust and Ecology
PART II: TESTIMONY AND COMMEMORATION
Chapter 6. Bearing Witness: Theological Roots of a New Secular Morality
Chapter 7. Transcending History? Methodological Problems in Holocaust Testimony
Chapter 8. Studying the Holocaust: Is History Commemoration?
Doris L. Bergen
PART III: ANOTHER LOOK AT A CLASSIC OF HOLOCAUST HISTORIOGRAPHY
Chapter 9. An Integrated History of the Holocaust: Some Methodological Challenges
Chapter 10. Truth and Circumstance: What (If Anything) Can Be Properly Said about the Holocaust?
Chapter 11. Modernist Holocaust Historiography: A Dialogue between Saul Friedländer and Hayden White
PART IV: THE HOLOCAUST IN THE WORLD
Chapter 12. The Holocaust and European History
Chapter 13. Fascism and the Holocaust
Chapter 14. The Holocaust and World History: Raphael Lemkin and Comparative Methodology
A. Dirk Moses