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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For if , as we have seen , our entire landscape tradition is the product of shared culture , it is by the same token a tradition built from a rich deposit of myths , memories , and obsessions . The cults which we are told to seek in ...
And the anthropologist of religion Mircea Eliade assumed them to have survived , fully operational , in modern , as well as traditional , cultures . My own view is necessarily more historical , and by that token much less confidently ...
Others appointed themselves the custodians of an ancient tradition like the prolific Jesuit Athanasius Kircher , who undertook to decode the hieroglyphs of Egyptian obelisks for the popes of Baroque Rome so that their transplantation ...
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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
Prologue The Detour
CHAPTER ONE In the Realm of the Lithuanian Bison
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