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University of Georgia Press

Keeping Time: Memory, Nostalgia, and the Art of History

Keeping Time: Memory, Nostalgia, and the Art of History

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At once memoir and meditation, Keeping Time records one professional historian's struggle to live in history even as he studies it, writes about it, and teaches it. Exploring the omnipresence of the past in American life today, Peter N. Carroll weaves into his autobiographical narrative a wealth of provocative observations on the practice of history, the connections between "small" lives and large forces, and the relationship of personal choice to public activity.

Carroll feels compelled to view the past in a different way--not as something remote from the present, but as a vital current in everyone's life. He strives to popularize history, reminding us that the particulars of ordinary life are indeed historical, that all human beings, however "obscure" or "important," exist in time, and that each must live in history.

Author: Peter N. Carroll
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Published: 11/01/2010
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.64lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.51d
ISBN: 9780820337920

About the Author
PETER N. CARROLL is the author, coauthor, or editor of seventeen books, including The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Americans in the Spanish Civil War; They Still Draw Pictures: Children's Art in Wartime (with Anthony L. Geist); and a volume of poetry, Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem. He teaches at Stanford University.

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