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: 26/09/2011
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780521516655