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Foundational Pasts : The Holocaust as Historical Understanding, Hardback Book

Foundational Pasts : The Holocaust as Historical Understanding Hardback


Alon Confino seeks to rethink dominant interpretations of the Holocaust by examining it as a problem in cultural history.

As the main research interests of Holocaust scholars are frequently covered terrain - the anti-Semitic ideological campaign, the machinery of killing, the brutal massacres during the war - Confino's research goes in a new direction.

He analyzes the culture and sensibilities that made it possible for the Nazis and other Germans to imagine the making of a world without Jews.

Confino seeks these insights from the ways historians interpreted another short, violent and foundational event in modern European history - the French Revolution.

The comparison of the ways we understand the Holocaust with scholars' interpretations of the French Revolution allows Confino to question some of the basic assumptions of present-day historians concerning historical narration, explanation and understanding.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192 pages, 1 Halftones, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780521516655



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