A Passion for History: Conversations With Denis Crouzet (Early Modern Studies, Volume 4)

A Passion for History: Conversations With Denis Crouzet (Early Modern Studies, Volume 4)

Natalie Zemon Davis, Denis Crouzet

Language: English

Pages: 233

ISBN: 2:00316299

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The pathbreaking work of renowned historian Natalie Zemon Davis has added profoundly to our understanding of early modern society and culture. She rescues men and women from oblivion using her unique combination of rich imagination, keen intelligence, and archival sleuthing to uncover the past. Davis brings to life a dazzling cast of extraordinary people, revealing their thoughts, emotions, and choices in the world in which they lived. Thanks to Davis we can meet the impostor Arnaud du Tilh in her classic, The Return of Martin Guerre, follow three remarkable lives in Women on the Margins, and journey alongside a traveler and scholar in Trickster Travels as he moves between the Muslim and Christian worlds. In these conversations with Denis Crouzet, professor of history at the Sorbonne and well-known specialist on the French Wars of Religion, Davis examines the practices of history and controversies in historical method. Their discussion reveals how Davis has always pursued the thrill and joy of discovery through historical research. Her quest is influenced by growing up Jewish in the Midwest as a descendant of emigrants from Eastern Europe. She recounts how her own life as a citizen, a woman, and a scholar compels her to ceaselessly examine and transcend received opinions and certitudes. Natalie Zemon Davis reminds the reader of the broad possibilities to be found by studying the lives of those who came before us, and teaches us how to give voice to what was once silent.















gentleman in the Renaissance speaks by his actions and not his words. Thus, the techniques of writing or rather the revealing of history through a dream became bound up in certain moments with historiography … But we’re in the literary realm of a made-up dream, for sure. NZD:  A splendid tale: your poet/chronicler constructs a dream setting in which an allegorical interpretation of the Constable de Bourbon’s actions is put into the constable’s mouth. And you and I can take it seriously as a

believers in a supernatural deity, the main link with our religious identities was through holidays, and we entwined the traditions. We celebrated the Jewish Passover and Hanukkah, and Christian holidays like Christmas, but with no reference to a divine Jesus or to God, as Chandler always insisted firmly that he was not Christian. He was not a religious believer, he was a man of science. Over the years, with all he heard from me about the history and anthropology of religion, he softened his

and Diarmaid MacCullough, Tudor Rebellions (5th ed., 2008). 28. The House Un-American Activities Committee existed from 1938 to 1975. It was originally created to investigate German-American involvement in Ku Klux Klan and Nazi activity. It soon added and then largely focused on suspected Communist subversive and propaganda activities, especially during the Red Scare of the 1950s associated with Senator Joseph McCarthy. 29. Elizabeth Douvan (1926–2002) went on to become a distinguished professor

the same. The first generations of Islam. Early Protestantism and onward. Arguing about the right way to be Jewish or Muslim and about who’s a heretic is the name of the game. And the same is true of intense political movements. Maybe arguing 164 Chapter 7 within a tradition about how to relate to the sacred has more going for it than we have understood. Anyway, the call to the defense of justice against wrongful power and to the unmasking of false idols, including those of land and blood,

the exchange of objects and ideas? I thought such an exploration could open the way to reflection on possibilities … DC:  At the same time, in your books you don’t let readers realize the theoretical implications of these calls for reflection. Does that spring from your fear of becoming too didactic? NZD:  A book is not a lesson. I don’t know of perfect solutions to all these questions. I have some ideas about solutions, some values that I’d like to see expressed in our world today, but I’m not

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