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On Historical Distance$
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Mark Salber Phillips

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300140378

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300140378.001.0001

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On the Advantage and Disadvantage of Sentimental History for Life

On the Advantage and Disadvantage of Sentimental History for Life

(p.189) 9 On the Advantage and Disadvantage of Sentimental History for Life
On Historical Distance

Mark Salber Phillips

Yale University Press

This chapter examine the emergence of sentimental history around 1968. It suggests that the key feature of the emergent sensibility of the 1960s was its legitimation of a strongly affective engagement with the past. It explains that sentimental historian focused on representing experience in all its particularity and ambivalence and this resulted in the foreshortening of historical perspectives that acknowledges the value of personal histories. This chapter also considers the relevant works of Christopher Browning and Carlo Ginzburg.

Keywords:   sentimental history, emergent sensibility, affective engagement, personal histories, experience, Christopher Browning, Carlo Ginzburg

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