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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... the great Nordic ash tree Yggdrasil , which fastens the earth between
underworld and heaven with its roots and trunk ; Canaanite trees sacred to
Astarte / Ashterah ; the Greek oaks sacred to Zeus , the laurel to Apollo , the
myrtle to Aphrodite ...
For these jubilees were occasions of conspicuous sacred display in a city packed
with pilgrims ; confraternities and even the poor eager to have the rich ( for a
change ) wait on them . It was the chance for Innocent to make his own
John F . Sears , Sacred Places : American Tourist Attractions in the Nineteenth
Century ( Oxford , 1989 ) is a vivid and engaging study of the religiosity of
American landscape . Many of these works themselves owe a debt to Leo Marx '
s classic ...
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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