Collective Memory

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Collective Memory


Anthony D. Smith who wrote "National Identity and Myths of Ethnic Descent" discussed how
myths are formed and how they can lead to the ethnic regeneration within a group of
people. He associated his ideas on ethnic regeneration with the countries of Turkey,
Greece, England, France, and Israel. His ideas clearly outlined the steps that are taken
to regenerate when people are influence by myths created sometimes thousands of years ago
in such cases as seen by Jews. There were eight steps which all of these nation-states
were said to have followed, in order to be where they are today. Of these eight steps I do
not agree with the one that says, "they designate a space and time for their action." I do
not feel that a specific time is designated. Instead I feel that the time is determined at
a moment's notice. This can be seen presently when referring to the future state of
Palestine. The date for this states declaration of existence has changed numerous times
during the past few years.

Yael Zerubavel writes about Collective remembering and Zionist reconstruction of the past.
I do not agree with the historian that Zerubavel talks about in his writings. I feel that
Halbwach's view of history expressed as "collective memory". Collective memory is what
gives a society is goals that they must seek in the future. It also creates a bond between
the people of that society. As a result it leads to these people wanting to settle
together in a nation-state. The Zionist movement is an example of something caused by
collective memory. Through generations the Diaspora and other events in the lives of Jews
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