Personal Memory and Memory of History

Leonid S. Chernov, Elena Iu. Pogorelskaia
2015 Journal of Siberian Federal University  
The present research substantiates the logical dependence of the memory of history on personal memory. It proves that such logic underlies the classical tradition. Based on some classic Russian literature and Soviet cinematograph, it proves the rationality of the given statement. The meaning of the word istoriia 1 in modern Russian language is transforming in the conceptual sense. Throughout the past several years, mass media has been using the word in the meaning of a thing/object. For
more » ... object. For example, on the radio we can frequently hear expressions like: eto moia istoriia (this is my story/history), eto ego istoriia is a story of someone else), eto sherstianaia istoriia, kozhanaia, vegetarianskaia, iuzhnaia etc. (it is the history/story of wool, leather, vegetarianism, South etc.) Let us emphasize that istoriia does not stand for "a story about something" with a plot, resolution and conclusion. Saying eto vegetarianskaia istoriia (this is a vegetarian story) the speaker indicates that he changes the topic of the conversation. He spoke about meat, and the words "vegetarian story" mark the beginning of a narration about vegetarians, vegetarianism in general, special recipes etc. Two hours of attentive listening to morning radio programs and making notes is enough to see that istoriia is, first, something really simple; secondly, something indefinite; thirdly, something strictly personal and subjective. In point of fact, istoriia turns into an opinion, the proverbial "world outlook", which is, naturally, different for everyone and therefore is not subject to any evaluation; it makes no sense to analyse it; it is not exposed to any positive criticism. Such effect in respect with istoriia as "history" is natural though sad. Historical events are losing their scale; a sports event, an opening
doi:10.17516/1997-1370-2015-8-11-2734-2742 fatcat:z7tfou5x7rcyninczbfwh3sdxq