The Memory of the Modern

The Memory of the Modern

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A multidisciplinary work, Memory of the Modern examines stock markets, tango dancers, vagabond murderers, neurology, monument destruction, and colonial policies to document how individuals and institutions shaped memory in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Wonderfully written, the book studies these diverse "memory-sites" to show how memory and history are fought over, shaped, and put to personal and ideological more

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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 18mm | 399.16g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • halftones
  • 0195093658
  • 9780195093650

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The book makes a provocative contribution to the scholarly literature on the anxieties that beset French and European culture in the half-century that preceded 1914...Matsuda brings together diverse elements of high and low culture, old traditions and new technological innovations, and finds significant connections among them. * American Historical Review * I believe that Matsuda has made an important contribution to both urban and social history, and one which will be of importance in the coming decades to Western scholars, whose research is bound to be characterized by increaingly urbanized social structures and, therefore, by policies and perspectives which depend on these structures....All of his work, including this book, should have an important place on library shelves and in the collections of scholars in modern French history. * Libraries and Culture * ...enchantingly evocative and intellectually challenging....Matsuda's masterpiece is destined to help us comprehend our present by helping us apprehend our past. * Narasingha Sil * Matt Matsuda has written a richly suggestive work of cultural history. The Memory of the Modern is original, provocative and a pleasure to read. * Michael S. Roth, Director, European Studies, Claremont Graduate School * The Memory of the Modern provides a striking and wide-ranging analysis of the character and the conflicted centrality of memory in the modern period. Matt Matsuda's book complements recent studies of the memory problem in its historical groundedness, its narrative liveliness, and its inventive sense of the breadth and variety of cultural material relevant to the understanding of memory's epochal complication. * Richard Terdiman, University of California, Santa Cruz *show more

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Memory has a history. The Classical world ordered and valued events differently than the Medieval world; which, in turn, was replaced by 'the memory' of the Renaissance. Matt Matsuda's compelling, multidisciplinary argument in The Memory of the Modern is that the understanding, value, and uses of memory changed yet again at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries, becoming distinctively 'modern.'show more

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