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Author Cohen, Paul A.

Title History and popular memory : the power of story in moments of crisis / Paul A. Cohen.

Publication Info. New York : Columbia University Press, 2014.


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Description xvii, 279 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The battle of Kosovo of 1389 and Serbian nationalism -- The fall of Masada and modern Jewish memory -- Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese nationalist policy, and the story of King Goujian -- The enigma of the appeal of Joan of Arc in wartime France -- Artful propaganda in World War II : Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky and Olivier's Henry V.
Summary "When people experience a traumatic event, such as war or the threat of annihilation, they often turn to history for stories that promise a positive outcome to their suffering. During World War II, the French took comfort in the story of Joan of Arc and her heroic efforts to rid France of foreign occupation. To bring the Joan narrative more into line with current circumstances, however, popular retellings modified the original story so that what people believed took place in the past was often quite different from what actually occurred. Paul A. Cohen identifies this interplay between story and history as a worldwide phenomenon, found in countries of radically different cultural, religious, and social character. He focuses here on Serbia, Israel, China, France, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain, all of which experienced severe crises in the twentieth century and, in response, appropriated age-old historical narratives that resonated with what was happening in the present to serve a unifying, restorative purpose. A central theme in the book is the distinction between popular memory and history. Although vitally important to historians, this distinction is routinely blurred in people's minds, and the historian's truth often cannot compete with the power of a compelling story from the past, even when it has been seriously distorted by myth or political manipulation. Cohen concludes by suggesting that the patterns of interaction he probes, given their near universality, may well be rooted in certain human propensities that transcend cultural difference." -- Publisher's description.
Subject Historiography -- Social aspects -- Case studies.
Collective memory -- Case studies.
Crises -- History -- Case studies.
Kosovo, Battle of, Kosovo, 1389 -- Influence.
Masada Site (Israel) -- Siege, 72-73 -- Influence.
Goujian, -465 B.C. -- Influence.
Joan, of Arc, Saint, 1412-1431 -- Influence.
Aleksandr Nevski (Motion picture) -- Influence.
Henry V (Motion picture : 1944) -- Influence.
Kosovo, Battle of (Kosovo : 1389) (OCoLC)fst01721076
Aleksandr Nevski (Motion picture) (OCoLC)fst01369970
Henry V (Motion picture : 1944) (OCoLC)fst01358341
Collective memory. (OCoLC)fst01739814
Crises. (OCoLC)fst00883605
Historiography -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00958230
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) (OCoLC)fst00972484
Israel -- Masada Site. (OCoLC)fst01243098
Kosovo (Republic) (OCoLC)fst01695919
Chronological Term 72 - 1389
Genre/Form Case studies. (OCoLC)fst01423765
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780231166362 (cloth : alk. paper)
0231166362 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780231537292 (e-book)

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