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The Resource History and popular memory : the power of story in moments of crisis, Paul A. Cohen

History and popular memory : the power of story in moments of crisis, Paul A. Cohen

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History and popular memory : the power of story in moments of crisis
Title
History and popular memory
Title remainder
the power of story in moments of crisis
Statement of responsibility
Paul A. Cohen
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"When people experience a traumatic event, such as war or the threat of annihilation, they often turn to history for stories that promise a positive outcome to their suffering. During World War II, the French took comfort in the story of Joan of Arc and her heroic efforts to rid France of foreign occupation. To bring the Joan narrative more into line with current circumstances, however, popular retellings modified the original story so that what people believed took place in the past was often quite different from what actually occurred. Paul A. Cohen identifies this interplay between story and history as a worldwide phenomenon, found in countries of radically different cultural, religious, and social character. He focuses here on Serbia, Israel, China, France, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain, all of which experienced severe crises in the twentieth century and, in response, appropriated age-old historical narratives that resonated with what was happening in the present to serve a unifying, restorative purpose. A central theme in the book is the distinction between popular memory and history. Although vitally important to historians, this distinction is routinely blurred in people's minds, and the historian's truth often cannot compete with the power of a compelling story from the past, even when it has been seriously distorted by myth or political manipulation. Cohen concludes by suggesting that the patterns of interaction he probes, given their near universality, may well be rooted in certain human propensities that transcend cultural difference." -- Publisher's description
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cohen, Paul A
Dewey number
907.2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D13
LC item number
.C589 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Collective memory
  • Crises
  • Historiography
  • Kosovo, Battle of, Kosovo, 1389
  • Collective memory
  • Crises
  • Kosovo, Battle of, Kosovo, 1389
  • Historiography
  • Historiography
  • Goujian
  • Joan
  • Masada Site (Israel)
Label
History and popular memory : the power of story in moments of crisis, Paul A. Cohen
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The battle of Kosovo of 1389 and Serbian nationalism -- The fall of Masada and modern Jewish memory -- Chiang Kai-Shek, Chinese nationalist policy, and the story of King Goujian -- The enigma of the appeal of Joan of Arc in wartime France -- Artful propaganda in World War II : Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky and Olivier's Henry V
Control code
862575047
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 279 pages
Isbn
9780231166362
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013032842
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)862575047
Label
History and popular memory : the power of story in moments of crisis, Paul A. Cohen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The battle of Kosovo of 1389 and Serbian nationalism -- The fall of Masada and modern Jewish memory -- Chiang Kai-Shek, Chinese nationalist policy, and the story of King Goujian -- The enigma of the appeal of Joan of Arc in wartime France -- Artful propaganda in World War II : Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky and Olivier's Henry V
Control code
862575047
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 279 pages
Isbn
9780231166362
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013032842
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)862575047

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