The Historiographic Perversion

Kobo ebook | August 26, 2009

byMarc Nichanian, Gil Anidjar

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Genocide is a matter of law. It is also a matter of history. Engaging some of the most disturbing responses to the Armenian genocide, Marc Nichanian strikingly reveals the complex role played by law and history in making this and other genocides endure as contentious events. Nichanian's book argues that both law and history fail to contend with the very nature of events for which there is no archive (no documents, no witnesses). Both history and law fail to address the modern reality that events can be& mdash;and are now being& mdash;perpetrated that depend upon the destruction of the archive, turning monstrous deeds into nonevents. Genocide, this book makes us see, is in one sense the destruction of the archive. It relies on the historiographic perversion.

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Genocide is a matter of law. It is also a matter of history. Engaging some of the most disturbing responses to the Armenian genocide, Marc Nichanian strikingly reveals the complex role played by law and history in making this and other genocides endure as contentious events. Nichanian's book argues that both law and history fail to con...

Marc Nichanian is a philosopher and literary critic who has taught in the United States, France, Italy, Turkey, and Armenia. He is the author of a history of the Armenian language and of a multivolume study of modern Armenian literature entitled Entre l'art et le témoignage, volume 1 of which, Writers of Disaster ( The National Revo...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 26, 2009Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231521626

ISBN - 13:9780231521628

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Names and the Archive
1. The Law and the Fact: The 1994 Campaign
2. Between Amputation and Imputation
3. Refutation
4. Testimony: From Document to Monument
Conclusion: Shame and Testimony
Against History, by Gil Anidjar
Notes
Index

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A powerful and personal book, it displays, through its evocative brilliance and discipline of logic, Nichanian's long-lasting engagement with the significance and context of the Armenian genocide.