Historical Parallels, Commemoration and Icons (Routledge Approaches to History) (Hardcover)

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Historical Parallels, Commemoration and Icons (Routledge Approaches to History) (Hardcover)

By Andreas Leutzsch (Editor)

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Historical parallels, analogies, anachronisms and metaphors to the past play a crucial role in political speeches, historical narratives, iconography, movies and newspapers on a daily basis. They frame, articulate and represent a specific understanding of history and can be used not only to construct but also to rethink historical continuity. Almost-forgotten or sleeping history can be revived to legitimize an imagined future in a political discourse today.

History can hardly be neutral or factual because it depends on the historian's, as well the people's, perspective as to what kind of events and sources they combine to make history meaningful. Analysing historical analogies - as embedded in narratives and images of the past - enables us to understand how history and collective memory are managed and used for political purposes and to provide social orientation in time and space.

To rethink theories of history, iconology and collective memory, the authors of this volume discuss a variety of cases from Hong Kong, China and Europe.

Andreas Leutzsch is a historian and social scientist who holds a PhD from Bielefeld University. He has worked as Researcher and (Visiting) Professor in China, Hong Kong, Germany, Russia and Uzbekistan. His research in global studies and theory of history was awarded the A.SK Social Science Award Fellowship by the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) in 2007.
Product Details ISBN: 9781138579484
ISBN-10: 1138579483
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: March 8th, 2019
Pages: 212
Language: English
Series: Routledge Approaches to History