Twilight of History #2020

Twilight of History By Shlomo Sand David Fernbach Twilight of History The acclaimed and controversial historian turns his critical gaze on the writing of history todayDrawing on his four decades as a professional historian Shlomo Sand interrogates the academic discipli
  • Title: Twilight of History
  • Author: Shlomo Sand David Fernbach
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  • Twilight of History By Shlomo Sand David Fernbach The acclaimed and controversial historian turns his critical gaze on the writing of history todayDrawing on his four decades as a professional historian, Shlomo Sand interrogates the academic discipline of history, whose origin lay in the need for a national ideology In the last few decades, traditional history has begun to fragment, yet only to give rise to a new role ofThe acclaimed and controversial historian turns his critical gaze on the writing of history todayDrawing on his four decades as a professional historian, Shlomo Sand interrogates the academic discipline of history, whose origin lay in the need for a national ideology In the last few decades, traditional history has begun to fragment, yet only to give rise to a new role of historians as priests of official memory Working in Israel has sharpened Sand s perspective, since the role of history as national myth is particularly salient in a country where the Bible is treated as a history book He asks such questions as Is every historical narrative ideologically marked Do political requirements and state power weigh down inordinately on historical research and teaching And, in such conditions, can there be a morally neutral and scientific truth Despite his trenchant criticism of academic history, Sand would still like to believe that the past can be understood without myth, and sees pointers for this in the work of Weber and Sorel.
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    1. Shlomo Sand David Fernbach

      He is professor of history at Tel Aviv University and author of the controversial book The Invention of the Jewish People Verso Books, 2009 His main areas of teaching are nationalism, film as history and French intellectual history.Sand was born to Polish Jewish survivors of the Holocaust His parents had Communist and anti imperialist views and refused to receive compensations from Germany for their suffering during the Second World War Sand spent his early years in a displaced persons camp, and moved with the family to Jaffa in 1948 He was expelled from high school at the age of sixteen, and only completed his bagrut following his military service He eventually left the Union of Israeli Communist Youth Banki and joined the radical, and anti Zionist, Matzpen in 1968 Sand resigned from Matzpen in 1970 due to his disillusionment with the organisation.He declined an offer by the Israeli Communist Party Rakah to be sent to do cinema studies in Poland, and in 1975 Sand graduated with a BA in History from Tel Aviv University From 1975 to 1985, after winning a scholarship, he studied and later taught in Paris, receiving an MA in French History and a PhD for his thesis on George Sorel and Marxism Since 1982, Sand has taught at Tel Aviv University as well as at the University of California, Berkeley and the cole des hautes tudes en sciences sociales in Paris.

    504 thoughts on “Twilight of History”

    1. A superb account on the retroactive establishment of the most pervasive European historical narratives, a treatise on the epistemological advances in the study of history, complete with an exemplary description of Israel s historicity.


    2. This is the most beautiful book written on historiography that is out there It s not beautiful in a purely aesthetic sense, but beautiful in how masterfully and seamlessly Sand conveys the reader through hundreds of years of historiography, passing judgement elegantly and clearly, with a critical edge, every time he needs to do so This is the sort of book that is rare since it s composed with great care to appear to be a casual conversation Only someone who has been working for 30 or 40 years in [...]


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