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By Jan Assmann

Now on hand to an English-speaking viewers, this booklet provides a groundbreaking theoretical research of reminiscence, identification and tradition. It investigates how cultures keep in mind, arguing that human reminiscence exists and is communicated in methods, particularly inter-human interplay and in exterior structures of notation, comparable to writing, that could span generations. Dr Assmann defines theoretical strategies of cultural reminiscence, differentiating among the long term reminiscence of societies, that may span as much as 3,000 years, and communicative reminiscence, that's in general constrained to eighty to a hundred years. He applies this theoretical framework to case experiences of 4 particular cultures, illustrating the functionality contexts and particular achievements, together with the kingdom, foreign legislation, faith and technological know-how. eventually, his learn demonstrates that reminiscence isn't easily a method of protecting info, yet quite a strength which may form cultural id and make allowance cultures to reply creatively to either day-by-day demanding situations and catastrophic changes.

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