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Debates on the Holocaust (Issues in Historiography) [Paperback]

Tom Lawson
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1 Dec 2010 Issues in Historiography
Debates on the Holocaust is the first attempt to survey the development of Holocaust historiography for a generation. It analyses the development of history writing on the destruction of the European Jews from just before the end of the Second World War to the present day, and argues forcefully that history writing is as much about the present as it is the past. The book guides the reader through the major debates in Holocaust historiography - including the question of when the Nazis 'decided' on the 'Final Solution', the controversy of the response of the so-called 'bystanders' to the Holocaust, to the vexed question of how historians can use (and not abuse) the memories of victims and survivors. Debates on the Holocaust shows how all of these controversies are as much products of their own time as they are attempts to uncover the past. Debates on the Holocaust will appeal to sixth form and undergraduate students and their teachers, Holocaust historians and anyone interested in either the destruction of the European Jews or in the process by which we access and understand the past.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press (1 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719074495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719074493
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tom Lawson is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Winchester

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As a student revising for an exam on Holocaust historiography, I have found Tom Lawson's book to be an invaluable authority on the central areas of debate regarding the 'Final Solution'. It gives an accessible, yet scrupulous, account of academics' theses from both of the two central historiographical schools within the debate: Intentionalism and Functionalism. It is clear that Lawson has spent a long time compiling this compendium, and he has done a very good job in charting the development of Holocaust scholarship from immediate post-war conceptions, into later influential studies by academics such as Hannah Arendt, and through to relative modernity.

It is an intensely in-depth and scholarly discussion, and occasionally Lawson's manner of prose makes it challenging to grasp the fundamentals of the subject. Notwithstanding this, his manner of delivery allows access to relatively abstract arguments, whilst always relating it back to the wider context of the debate and presenting the 'other side of the coin'.

It is no easy task to explore what is a uniquely emotive and controversial field of historiography. Despite this, Lawson presents an unbiased and authoritative book, which is invaluable resource to both students and those with a genuine interest in the debates on the Holocaust.
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This is a scholarly but readable guide to how the discipline of history has dealt with the Holocaust. It charts the development of Holocaust history from World War II onwards in a lively way and shows at each stage how the present has influenced and changed historians' presentation of the past.

An absorbing book, a good starting place for wider reading (the footnotes and bibliography are impressive) and thought-provoking in its own right.
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