Silencing the past is a thought provoking analysis of historical narrative taking examples ranging from the haitian revolution to columbus day michel rolph trouillot demonstrates how power operates often invisibly at all stages in the making of history to silence certain voices. Michel rolph trouillots silencing the past power and the production of history offers a stunning meditation on how power silencing the past power and the production of history author michel rolph trouillot shows that the two senses in which history is made by doers and by tellers meet in moments of evidentiary silence a hard . Trouillot a distinguished haitian scholar who teaches at the johns hopkins university has produced a sparkling interrogation of the past he examines the suppression of the role of africans in the haitian revolution to demonstrate how power silences certain voices from history. Silencing the past is a philosophy of history that is a book about how history is created by historians reality what is is created by events and processes but history is the human narration of that reality as seen by the historian. Hence doing history involves maintaining a careful balance between the present the research questions the constructs the narrative and a sound anchoring in the past the evidence
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