Monday, September 22, 2003

Carlo Ginzburg on the dark side of history.

The historian Carlo Ginzburg talks about his publications and his historical method of microhistory which he pioneered. Ginzburg dismisses the prevailing relativism of historical truth as intellectually, politically and morally lazy and argues against equating history with "mankind's collective memory". Instead, history must serve a sense of historical justice, whereby the past - however selective our memory may be - is acknowledged and truth is finally served.
Also from Eurozine: Jacques Le Goff on "The history of innovation and revolt" and the Annales school.

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