Genocide and the Terror of History

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Show simple item record MOSES, A. Dirk 2011-10-21T11:38:44Z 2011-10-21T11:38:44Z 2011
dc.identifier.citation Parallax, 2011, 17, 4, 90-108 en
dc.identifier.issn 1353-4645 print
dc.identifier.issn 1460-700X online
dc.description.abstract This article explores how and why the ‘terror of history’ is an inescapable feature of modernity as it unfolds in historical reality as opposed to tidy sociological theories. For the ‘small nations’ and their disaporas in particular, traumatic memories of genocide and flight, and experiences of continuing exile from and occupation of imagined homelands, constitute a political imaginary that is irreducibly catastrophic. Politics is necessarily ‘calamitized’. In this article, I account for the ‘terror of history’ by drawing on a variety of psychological and sociological literatures, and lay out its various modalities by referring to the statements of intellectuals and political leaders. Because of the ‘organic’ link between Holocaust memory and its instrumentalisation in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, I focus here on that case as the most accessible and salient example of the ‘terror of history’.
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Genocide and the Terror of History en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/13534645.2011.605583

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