Trygve Riiser Gundersen

born 1970 in Norway, freelance writer and journalist.


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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