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Memory in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800

Judith Pollmann


This book is an introduction into the way in which Europeans on the Continent and in the British Isles practised memory in the three centuries between 1500 and 1800. In early modern Europe the past served as a main frame of moral, political, legal, religious, and social reference for people of all walks of life. Because it mattered so much, it was also hotly contested, and subject to constant reinvention. Building on both existing studies and new primary research, the first aim of this book is to account for the omnipresence, importance, and changing uses of the past among early modern Europea ... More

Keywords: memory, early modern, Europe, custom, trauma, forgetting, transitional justice, legend, memoirs, anachronism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797555
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797555.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith Pollmann, author
Professor of Early Modern Dutch History, Leiden University