segunda-feira, 17 de junho de 2013
The Decline of Historical Consciousness: Eric Hobsbawm's Personal Account with the Century of Catastrophes: The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914- 1991
— Walter Benjamin, Ninth Thesis on the Philosophy of History
"The destruction of the past, or rather of the social mechanisms that link one's contemporary experience to that of earlier generations, is one of the most characteristic and eerie phenomena of the late 20th century. Most young men and women at the century's end grow up in a sort of permanent present lacking any organic relation to the public past of the times they live in. This makes historians, whose business it is to remember what others forget, more essential at the end of the second millenium than ever before
...no one who has been asked by an intelligent American student whether the phrase "Second World War" meant that there had been a "First World War" is unaware that knowledge of even the basic facts of the century cannot be taken for granted."
- Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914- 1991 (1994)