The editors introduce the core areas of current debate within historical theory, bringing the reader as up to date with continuing debates and current developments as is possible. The book is divided into three parts, covering: • Part I. Foundations: The Theoretical Grounds for Knowledge of the Past • Part II. Applications: Theory-Intensive Areas in History • Part III. Coda. Post-Postmodernism: Directions and Interrogations This important handbook brings together in one volume discussions of the role of modernity, empiricism, realism, post-modernity and deconstruction in the historian's craft. Chapters are written by leading writers from around the world and cover a wide spread of historical sub-disciplines, such as social history, intellectual history, narrative, gender, memory, psycho-analysis and cultural studies, taking in, along the way, the work of thinkers such as Paul Ricouer, Michel Foucault and Hayden White. The Sage Handbook of Historical Theory is an essential resource for practicing historians, and students of history, and will appeal to scholars in related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities who seek a closer understanding of the theoretical foundations of history.
Chapter 26: Photographs: Reading the Image for History1
Photographs: Reading the Image for History1
There are many photographs we all know well. The frequency of their reproduction brought them before our eyes time and again, and thus these pictures have become a part of our memory. Photographs are able to give us a sustainable image of events we were not personally involved in. Beyond that, as images of the collective memory, they grant that these visual imaginations are shared by others; hence they can underwrite a mutual interpretation of certain events. Photographs undoubtedly impact our imagination and definition of the past.
Likewise, our imaginations of the Holocaust - despite the problem of how to depict the Holocaust, a problem I will come back to later - are ...