The Stakes of History: On the Use and Abuse of Jewish History for Life

On the Use and Abuse of Jewish History for Life
David N. Myers (Autor)
Yale University Press
erschienen am 2. Februar 2018
Buch | Hardcover | 192 Seiten
978-0-300-22893-9 (ISBN)
A leading scholar of Jewish history's bracing and challenging case for the role of the historian today Why do we study history? What is the role of the historian in the contemporary world? These questions prompted David N. Myers's illuminating and poignant call for the relevance of historical research and writing. His inquiry identifies a number of key themes around which modern Jewish historians have wrapped their labors: liberation, consolation, and witnessing. Through these portraits, Myers revisits the chasm between history and memory, revealing the middle space occupied by modern Jewish historians as they work between the poles of empathic storytelling and the critical sifting of sources. History, properly applied, can both destroy ideologically rooted myths that breed group hatred and create new memories that are sustaining of life. Alive in these investigations is Myers's belief that the historian today can and should attend to questions of political and moral urgency. Historical knowledge is not a luxury to society but an essential requirement for informed civic engagement, as well as a vital tool in policy making, conflict resolution, and restorative justice.
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Höhe: 208 mm | Breite: 147 mm | Dicke: 18 mm
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David N. Myers is professor and Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair in Jewish History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has written extensively in the fields of Jewish intellectual and cultural history in the modern age. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
"David Myers, author of several ground-breaking works on Jewish history and historiography, provides us with yet another rich and thoughtful account of Jewish historiography."-Michael Brenner, American University and University of Munich -- Michael Brenner "Denying the starkest of oppositions between the construction of memory and the claims of scholarship in an inspired dialogue with his honored teacher, David N. Myers renews the public role of history in his rich new lectures. The results are indispensable."-Samuel Moyn, Yale University -- Samuel Moyn
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