Texas A&M University Institute of Advanced Studies

Henry Rousso

Henry Rousso

Senior Researcher
French National Center for Scientific Research
Institute of the History of the Present
Paris, France



Writing on the Dark Side of the Recent Past

More than ever, historians have to rethink their standards and the ways that they are writing history. In an era where opinions, “post-truth,” and so-called democratization of knowledge are predominant, they should foster a reliable conception of how to write about recent issues. This is all the more necessary given that contemporary societies are deeply marked by the memory of recent conflicts and bitter controversies over horrific traumas, like genocides and mass crimes.