Pierre Nora: Jewish Historian Defining What Is Quintessentially French – Forward.com | Archives  de la Shoah | Scoop.it
Building a Collective Consciousness on a National Scale.
French-Jewish historian and publisher Pierre Nora is renowned for editing the monumental series of volumes “Lieux de Mémoire” for the French publisher Gallimard. Literally, the title means, “Places of Memory,” and the series is the ultimate repository of modern Gallic concepts of national identity. Its brilliant scholarship was recognized by Columbia University Press, which, from 1996 to 1998, released a plushly appointed three-volume translation by Arthur Goldhammer as “Realms of Memory: The Construction of the French Past.” The University of Chicago Press’s similarly monumental four-volume, “Rethinking France,” series made the rest of the original French publication available in English.

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