Leader: Colin Foss
Book: Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History
Author: Michel-Rolph Trouillot
Description: Trouillot’s “Silencing the Past” is a book about how history is produced, what is silenced, and who does the silencing. Broadly, Trouillot re-imagines what the “West” can mean when the modern historical imaginary largely fails to account for Western history’s most fundamental ideologies. The Haitian Revolution sits at the center of this wide-ranging study of how global power inequalities create historical narratives. Columbus, the Holocaust, the Alamo make cameo appearances in an accessibly erudite historiography of the modern world, written from the perspective of its “others” against their deniers.