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The Latest Catastrophe: History, the Present, the Contemporary

Henry Rousso


In this book Rousso sets two tasks for himself: (1) to provide a history of the problem of “contemporariness” in history writing; (2) to analyze how contemporary history came to be a sub-discipline and especially how it arose in response to catastrophes over the course of the 20th century. Above all, he is interested in how historians grapple with the problem of distance from an event even if they may have been participants. The book considers the current status of the discipline and provides an analysis of present-day societies in terms of the relations they maintain with the past, on the bas ... More

Keywords: history of the present time, contemporariness, contemporary history, World War II, 20th Century, catastrophes, WWII, twentieth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226165066
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226165370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Rousso, author
Centre national de la recherche scientifique