L’événement “tragique”...

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In the relation of historians and art historians to time, many tragic events are boundaries, landmarks, turning points. However, these ways  to consider tragic events would have been unthinkable a large quarter of century ago as the event was crossed off the historical analysis. Indeed, scholars were mostly influenced by Fernand Braudel’s vision of the past, which gave priority to long-term historical structures (longue durée) over what François Simiand called histoire événementielle (“evental history”, the short-term time-scale). Through a dialogue between historians and art historians, this book explores “the tragic event” as a historiographical, social, political, and cultural discourse.