History, Memory, Subjectivity, Oral Sources: An Untied Knot?
This article discusses the relationship between history and memory, focusing on the relevance and role of subjectivity and oral sources in contemporary Italian historiography. Starting from a review of Gabriella Gribaudi’s La memoria, i traumi, la storia. La guerra e le catastrofi nel Novecento, the article looks at a particularly interesting historiographical debate this book raised. It then reflects in more general terms on how the relationship between oral history and history without adjectives has evolved from the 1970s to the present, pointing to some key questions that remain open to discussion.
Keywords: History; Memory; Subjectivity; Oral history