Carlo Ginzburg

born 1939 in italy, PhD from the University of Pisa in 1961. Teaching positions at University of Bologna and since 1988 at the University of California, Los Angeles. Field of interest ranges from the Italian Renaissance to Early Modern European History, leader in “microhistorical” methodologies. Numerous publications, amongst them


On the dark side of history

Carlo Ginzburg talks to Trygve Riiser Gundersen

The historian Carlo Ginzburg talks about his publications and his historical method of microhistory, which he pioneered. Ginzburg dismisses the prevailing relativism of historical truth as intellectually, politically, and morally lazy, and argues against equating history with “mankind’s collective memory”. Instead, history must serve a sense of historical justice, whereby the past – however selective our memory may be – is acknowledged and truth is finally served.

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