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- DescriptionThe path-breaking work of rewned historian Natalie Zemon Davis has added profoundly to our understanding of early modern society and culture. She rescues men and women from oblivion using her unique combination of rich imagination, keen intelligence, and archival sleuthing to uncover the past. Davis brings to life a dazzling cast of extraordinary people, revealing their thoughts, emotions, and choices in the world in which they lived. Thanks to Davis we can meet the impostor Arnaud du Tilh in her classic, The Return of Martin Guerre, follow three remarkable lives in Women on the Margins, and journey alongside a traveller and scholar in Trickster Travels as he moves between the Muslim and Christian worlds. In these conversations with Denis Crouzet, professor of history at the Sorbonne and well-kwn specialist on the French Wars of Religion, Davis examines the practices of history and controversies in historical method. Their discussion reveals how Davis has always pursued the thrill and joy of discovery through historical research. Her quest is influenced by growing up Jewish in the Midwest as a descendant of emigrants from Eastern Europe. She recounts how her own life as a citizen, a woman, and a scholar compels her to ceaselessly examine and transcend received opinions and certitudes. Natalie Zemon Davis reminds the reader of the broad possibilities to be found by studying the lives of those who came before us, and teaches us how to give voice to what was once silent.
- Author BiographyNatalie Zemon Davis is a social and cultural historian of early modern times. Her works have been translated into various foreign languages including French, Italian, German, and Japanese. In addition to her publications, she was the historical consultant for the film Le Ratour de Martin Guerre and the opera The House of Martin Guerre. Davis has taught at major universities such as the University of Toronto, the University of California at Berkeley, and Princeton University, where she was Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies. Davis is also a former president of the American Historical Association, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, corresponding fellow of the British Academy, and Chevalier de lOrdre des Palmes Academique. She is the recipient of various honorary degrees from Harvard University, the University of Toronto, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Cambridge University, Universite de Lyon, and Oxford University. Emerita from Princeton University, Davis is now Adjunct Professor of History and Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She is currently researching slavery and sociability in 18th-century Suriname. Denis Crouzet is professor of modern history at the Universite de Paris 4-Sorbonne, director of the Roland Mousnier Center, and director of the Research Institute on the Civilizations of the Modern West.
- Author(s)Denis Crouzet,Natalie Zemon Davis
- PublisherTruman State University Press
- Date of Publication17/06/2010
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Place of PublicationKirksville
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTruman State University Press
- Weight342 g
- Width230 mm
- Height155 mm
- Spine15 mm
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