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By Marek Tamm

Lately, now we have witnessed a rearticulation of the conventional dating among the prior, current and destiny, broadening historiography's variety from learning earlier occasions to their later effect and which means. the quantity proposes to examine the views of this strategy known as mnemohistory, and argues for a redefinition of the time period 'event'.

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But the 1960s, overwhelmingly dominated by Lévi-Strauss’s structuralism as they were, led Bastide to regard the scholarly position as one of pursuing structural goals, leaving aside the evenemental bustle, seen as insignificant. Thus, the scholar must always and above all reproduce the logic wherein he claims to dissolve the singularity of events. The perturbing dimension of all events, whether they be happy or sad as compared with the governing equilibrium, encourages the human desire to control the potential chaos in order to gain the upper hand and better govern their own lives.

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More recently, Alain Dewerpe (2006) has undertaken, in an exemplary fashion, to produce a historical anthropology of a tragic event that took place in Paris on 8 February 1962, namely the Charonne. The event itself unfolded in a very short time and took a tragic turn as nine people were crushed to death against the metal railings of the Charonne subway station in the aftermath of a completely peaceful protest against the assassinations perpetrated by the Organisation de l’armée secrète (OAS): ‘When you write the history of a seemingly out-of-the-ordinary event that still keeps resonating in our minds, the subterranean strata of our collective life emerge and many aspects of our society are revealed’ (Dewerpe 2006: 15).

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