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Afterword: On Moral Ecologies and Archival Absences

  • Karl Jacoby
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History book series (PSWEH)

Abstract

Of all the multitude of challenges that historians confront when trying to make sense of a vanished past, perhaps the greatest is the imbalance in documentary evidence. The archive, as Saidiya Hartman and others have demonstrated, does not function as a neutral record keeper—indeed, that was never its intention.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl Jacoby
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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