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The historiographic perversion /
Marc Nichanian ; translated, with an afterword, by Gil Anidjar.
imprint
New York : Columbia University Press, c2009.
description
205 p.
ISBN
0231149085 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780231149082 (cloth : alk. paper)
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New York : Columbia University Press, c2009.
isbn
0231149085 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780231149082 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
The law and the fact: the 1994 campaign -- Between amputation and imputation -- Refutation -- Testimony: from document to monument.
catalogue key
6931806
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Marc Nichanian provides an important qualification to the Holocaust discourse. He dismantles clichés and commonplaces with aplomb and startling pertinence and, in the process, he makes significant proposals for revising our thought about extreme events." -- Hayden White, professor of historical studies, emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz
"I have no doubt Marc Nichanian's book will gain a wide, even popular, audience. It is a philosophical book, but it also constitutes a very personal, emotional plea for the pursuit of thinking on questions that are ever more crucial." -- Avital Ronell, professor of German, comparative literature, and English, New York University
Marc Nichanian provides an important qualification to the Holocaust discourse. He dismantles clich s and commonplaces with aplomb and startling pertinence and, in the process, he makes significant proposals for revising our thought about extreme events.
Marc Nichanian provides an important qualification to the Holocaust discourse. He dismantles clichés and commonplaces with aplomb and startling pertinence and, in the process, he makes significant proposals for revising our thought about extreme events.
"Marc Nichanian provides an important qualification to the Holocaust discourse. He dismantles clich s and commonplaces with aplomb and startling pertinence and, in the process, he makes significant proposals for revising our thought about extreme events." -- Hayden White, professor of historical studies, emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz
A powerful and personal book, it displays, through its evocative brilliance and discipline of logic, Nichanian's long-lasting engagement with the significance and context of the Armenian genocide.
"A powerful and personal book, it displays, through its evocative brilliance and discipline of logic, Nichanian's long-lasting engagement with the significance and context of the Armenian genocide." -- Piotr A. Cieplak, Times Higher Education
I have no doubt Marc Nichanian's book will gain a wide, even popular, audience. It is a philosophical book, but it also constitutes a very personal, emotional plea for the pursuit of thinking on questions that are ever more crucial.
"I have no doubt Marc Nichanian's book will gain a wide, even popular, audience. It is a philosophical book, but it also constitutes a very personal, emotional plea for the pursuit of thinking on questions that are ever more crucial." -- Avital Ronell, New York University
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Summaries
Main Description
Genocide is a matter of law. It is also a matter of history. Engaging some of the most disturbing responses to the Armenian genocide, Marc Nichanian strikingly reveals the complex role played by law and history in making this and other genocides endure as contentious events. Nichanian's book argues that both law and history fail to contend with the very nature of events for which there is no archive (no documents, no witnesses). Both history and law fail to address the modern reality that events can be-and are now being-perpetrated that depend upon the destruction of the archive, turning monstrous deeds into nonevents. Genocide, this book makes us see, is in one sense the destruction of the archive. It relies on the historiographic perversion.
Main Description
Genocide is a matter of law. It is also a matter of history. Engaging some of the most disturbing responses to the Armenian genocide, Marc Nichanian strikingly reveals the complex role played by law and history in making this and other genocides endure as contentious events. Nichanian's book argues that both law and history fail to contend with the very nature of events for which there is no archive (no documents, no witnesses). Both history and law fail to address the modern reality that events can be& -and are now being& -perpetrated that depend upon the destruction of the archive, turning monstrous deeds into nonevents. Genocide, this book makes us see, is in one sense the destruction of the archive. It relies on the historiographic perversion.
Main Description
Genocide is a matter of law. It is also a matter of history. Engaging some of the most disturbing responses to the Armenian genocide, Marc Nichanian strikingly reveals the complex role played by law and history in making this and other genocides endure as contentious events.Nichanian's book argues that both law and history fail to contend with the very nature of events for which there is no archive (no documents, no witnesses). Both history and law fail to address the modern reality that events can be& -and are now being& -perpetrated that dependupon the destruction of the archive, turning monstrous deeds into nonevents. Genocide, this book makes us see, is in one sense the destructionof the archive. It relies on the historiographic perversion.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Genocide is a matter of law. It is also a matter of history. Engaging with responses to the Armenian genocide, Marc Nichanian reveals how law and history make this and other genocides contentious.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Names and the Archivep. 1
The Law and the Fact: The 1994 Campaignp. 19
Between Amputation and Imputationp. 33
Refutationp. 59
Testimony: From Document to Monumentp. 91
Conclusion: Shame and Testimonyp. 117
Against Historyp. 125
Notesp. 161
Indexp. 195
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