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Foundational Pasts

By Alon Confino

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Alon Confino seeks to rethink dominant interpretations of the Holocaust by examining it as a problem in cultural history. As the main research interests of Holocaust scholars are frequently covered terrain – the anti-Semitic ideological campaign, the machinery of killing, the brutal massacres during the war – Confino's research goes in a new direction. He analyzes the culture and sensibilities that made it possible for the Nazis and other Germans to imagine the making of a world without Jews. Confino seeks these insights from the ways historians interpreted another short, violent and foundational event in modern European history – the French Revolution. The comparison of the ways we understand the Holocaust with scholars' interpretations of the French Revolution allows Confino to question some of the basic assumptions of present-day historians concerning historical narration, explanation and understanding.

Subject: Social Sciences -> History -> European History

Foundational Pasts
The Holocaust as Historical Understanding
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 9/26/11
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 1139152572
ISBN 13: 9781139152570
Print ISBN: 9780521516655

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