On the Uses of Historical Memory

Posted September 8, 2017 10:36 pm by Dr. Adam DeVille

As I have often noted on here over the past two years especially, the questions of the uses to which the past is often put are very important ones that often reveal abuse, nostalgia, and romanticism all bound up together, thereby underscoring Adam Phillips’ observation that “memories always have a future in mind.”Three new books will shed further light on all these questions after their publication later this fall:  Judith Pullman, Memory in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800 (Oxford UP, 2017), 256pp.About this book we are told:For early modern Europeans, the past was a measure of most things, good and bad. For that

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