Landscape and Memory
A.A. Knopf, 1995 - 652 pagina's
"Opening a radically new and original path into history, Simon Schama explores the scenery of our Western culture, both real landscapes and landscapes of the mind that have given us our sense of homeland, the dark woods of our imagined origins. What unfolds is a series of compelling journeys through space and time: from the ancient woodland of Poland, a symbol over the centuries of national endurance, through the forest birthplace of the German psyche, to the Big Trees of Yosemite that gave a new nation its holy past. Through all of history, from pre-classical antiquity to the Third Reich and beyond, Schama uncovers the myths and memories that have stamped themselves on our most basic social instincts and institutions: territorial identity, the wild and domestic, mortality and immortality."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Landscape and Memory is not meant as facile consolation for ecological disaster
. Nor does it make any claim to solve the profound problems that still beset any
democracy wanting both to repair environmental abuse and to preserve liberty .
To give the symbol its real due , thus , meant going beyond the habits of the
scholar , beyond classification and elucidation . It meant confronting , in their
shapeless , frighteningly indeterminate form , the forces behind the device , all of
But if it was meant to suggest civilization overrun by the demons , beasts , and
monsters of the first world , the fantasy was meant to entertain as much as terrify .
Visitors startled by the gaping mouth of hell might have noticed the significant ...
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LANDSCAPE AND MEMORYGebruikersrecensie - Kirkus
With this fascinating, encyclopedic survey of cultural landscapes, Schama (Dead Certainties, 1991, etc.) demonstrates once again just why he holds a charmed place in the literature of historical ... Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - JayLivernois - LibraryThing
I find this a hard book to finish. It is one of those books it seems difficult to get into although the material is interesting and the thought good. Volledige review lezen