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By Jan Assmann

Now on hand to an English-speaking viewers, this ebook provides a groundbreaking theoretical research of reminiscence, identification, and tradition. It investigates how cultures have in mind, arguing that human reminiscence exists and is communicated in methods, particularly inter-human interplay and in exterior platforms of notation, similar to writing, that can span generations. Dr. Assmann defines theoretical techniques of cultural reminiscence, differentiating among the long term reminiscence of societies, which could span as much as 3,000 years, and communicative reminiscence, that's ordinarily limited to 80-100 years. He applies this theoretical framework to case reports of 4 particular cultures, illustrating the functionality contexts and particular achievements, together with the nation, foreign legislation, faith, and technology. eventually, his learn demonstrates that reminiscence isn't really easily a method of holding details, yet particularly a strength which can form cultural identification and make allowance cultures to reply creatively to either day-by-day demanding situations and catastrophic alterations.

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