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

"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"--, Provided by publisher
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
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
xii, 319 pages, 23 cm.

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