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Meaning and Representation in History

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Volume 7

Making Sense of History

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Meaning and Representation in History

Edited by Jörn Rüsen

292 pages, illus., index, bibliog.

ISBN  978-1-57181-776-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (August 2006)

ISBN  978-1-84545-262-9 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (December 2007)

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History has always been more than just the past. It involves a relationship between past and present, perceived, on the one hand, as a temporal chain of events and, on the other, symbolically as an interpretation that gives meaning to these events through varying cultural orientations, charging it with norms and values, hopes and fears. And it is memory that links the present to the past and therefore has to be seen as the most fundamental procedure of the human mind that constitutes history: memory and historical thinking are the door of the human mind to experience. At the same time, it transforms the past into a meaningful and sense bearing part of the present and beyond. It is these complex interrelationships that are the focus of the contributors to this volume, among them such distinguished scholars as Paul Ricoeur, Johan Galtung, Eberhard Lämmert, and James E. Young. Full of profound insights into human society pat and present it is a book that not only historians but also philosophers and social scientists should engage with.

Jörn Rüsen was Professor of Modern History at the Universities of Bochum and Bielefeld for many years. From 1994 to 1997 he was the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF). Since 1997 he has been President of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut), Essen.

Subject: General History


List of Illustrations

Preface to the Series
Jörn Rüsen

Introduction: What  does "Making Sense of History" mean?
Jörn Rüsen


Chapter 1. Memory - Forgetting - History
Paul Ricoeur

Chapter 2. How Meaning Came into the World and What Became of It
Günter Dux

Chapter 3. Sense of History: What does it Mean? With an Outlook onto Reason and Senselessness
Jörn Rüsen

Chapter 4. "The Meaning of History": A Modern Construction and Notion?
Jörn Stückrath

Chapter 5. The Meaning of History: Enacting Sociocultural Code
Johan Galtung

Chapter 6. The Three Levels of "Sinnbildung" in Historical Writing
Frank R. Ankersmit

Chapter 7. The Reality of History
David Carr

Chapter 8. Language and Historical Experience
Frank R. Ankdersmit


Chapter 9. Flights from History: Reinventing Tradition between the 18th and 19th Centuries
Aleida Assmann

Chapter 10. Memory and Identity: How Memory is Reconstructed after Catastrophic Events
Alessandro Cavalli

Chapter 11. The Material Presence of the Past: Reflections on the Visibility of History
Detlef Hoffmann

Chapter 12. Ruins: A Visual Expression of Historical Meaning
Moshe Barasch

Chapter 13. Three Versions of Wallentstein: Differences of Meaning Production between Historiography, Biography, and Novel
Eberhard Lämmert

Chapter 14. The Arts of Jewish Memory in a Postmodern Age
James E. Young

Notes on Contributors
Index of Names

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