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Cultural memory and early civilization 1 edition

Cultural memory and early civilization
Jan Assmann

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Cultural memory and early civilization
writing, remembrance, and political imagination
Jan Assmann

Published 2011 by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

"Now available to an English-speaking audience, this book presents a groundbreaking theoretical analysis of memory, identity, and culture. It investigates how cultures remember, arguing that human memory exists and is communicated in two ways, namely inter-human interaction and in external systems of notation, such as writing, which can span generations. Dr. Assmann defines two theoretical concepts of cultural memory, differentiating between the long-term memory of societies, which can span up to 3,000 years, and communicative memory, which is typically restricted to 80-100 years. He applies this theoretical framework to case studies of four specific cultures, illustrating the function contexts and specific achievements, including the state, international law, religion, and science. Ultimately, his research demonstrates that memory is not simply a means of retaining information, but rather a force that can shape cultural identity and allow cultures to respond creatively to both daily challenges and catastrophic changes"--

Table of Contents

pt. 1. The theoretical basis
Memory culture
Written culture
Cultural identity and political imagination
pt. 2. Case studies
Egypt
Israel and the invention of religion
The birth of history from the spirit of the law
Greece and disciplined thinking
Cultural memory : a summary.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
930
Library of Congress
CB311 .A75 2011

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25108779M
ISBN 13
9780521763813, 9780521188029
LC Control Number
2011001971

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