By Eelco Runia
Historians visit nice lengths to prevent confronting discontinuity, looking for factors as to why such occasions because the fall of the Berlin Wall, George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq, and the advent of the euro logically advance from what got here sooner than. Moved through the prior significantly breaks with this practice of predating the earlier, incites us to totally recognize the discontinuous nature of discontinuities, and proposes to exploit the truth that heritage is propelled via unforeseeable leaps and boundaries as a place to begin for a really evolutionary perception of history. Read more...
summary: Historians visit nice lengths to prevent confronting discontinuity, looking for factors as to why such occasions because the fall of the Berlin Wall, George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq, and the creation of the euro logically strengthen from what got here sooner than. Moved via the prior notably breaks with this practice of predating the earlier, incites us to totally recognize the discontinuous nature of discontinuities, and proposes to exploit the truth that heritage is propelled by way of unforeseeable leaps and boundaries as a place to begin for a really evolutionary belief of heritage
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K’s behavior was not so conspicuous as to provoke his colleagues to protest, yet conspicuous enough to affect them. His question to the group-leader aroused feelings of embarrassment, of having witnessed something that, though elusive, was definitely off-limits, but these feelings were swamped in the urge to go along with the flow of events. ) question in the next group session—something people are not easily prepared to do. Parallel processes—like K’s question to the group-leader—are subconscious reenactments of past events.
Rather, coming to terms with a historical trauma is the free by-product of a sustained attempt at commemorative self-exploration. ” In such “impossible” acts we leave the beaten track and embark upon the unknown—as we did in events like the American Declaration of Independence, the French Revolution, the secession of the Confederation of the South, Bismarck’s unification of Germany, the First World War, the Holocaust, and the redrawing of the map of what used to be Yugoslavia. What makes these events “sublime” is that no right-minded person could foresee them—and yet, disturbingly, it was supposedly right-minded persons who “made” them.
But I will not recount here how the willingness—yes, passion—to have oneself confronted with the reality of the extermination camps came to be expressed in literature, philosophy, history, and cultural studies. 15 The ambition to pay homage to the First World War may have been more subdued, but reveals at least as much about what is certainly a key issue: the transformation of the memory of those who actually witnessed a conflagration into a commemorative response of their descendants. This transformation was effected largely in the mid 1970s.
Moved by the past : discontinuity and historical mutation by Eelco Runia