Silencing the past is a thought provoking analysis of historical narrative taking examples ranging from the haitian revolution to columbus day michel rolph trouillot demonstrates how power operates often invisibly at all stages in the making of history to silence certain voices. Aphoristic and witty silencing the past shows that the two senses in which history is made by doers and by tellers meet in moments of evidentiary silence a hard nosed look at the soft edges of public discourse about the past arjun appadurai trouillot is a first rate scholar with provocative ideas . Silencing the past is a philosophy of history that is a book about how history is created by historians reality what is is created by events and processes but history is the human narration of that reality as seen by the historian. Pdf on oct 1 1999 benevides srgio paulo and others published silencing the past power and the production of history
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