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Memory and Egodocuments in Early Modern Europe

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Memory is strongly tied to identity in as much as a person is that which he remembers, and in general it is possible to have an idea of the individual or collective identity, or self-consciousness by the way in which the memories of a person or group are expressed. This equation between memory and identity is a concept expressed by John Locke early in the Enlightenment, but comes down to us directly and little modified by later thought. On the European level, the family books are the oldest egodocuments. They are texts in which the individual speaks of himself as a member of, and in function of the family, within which he places himself quite naturally. The family book is to a degree the origin of all modern memory writings because it is in a way the archetype, present also in Europe in various situations.

Keywords: egodocuments; Europe; family book; Florentine; modern memory writings



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