"History draws on both sides of the memory puzzle," Patrick H. Hutton writes. "It seeks to reconstruct the past through an act of recollection. But the past that prompts the historian's consideration is home into the present by oft repeated habits of mind." With a broad, interdisciplinary command of the subject, Hutton considers the ideas of philosophers, poets, and historians, focusing especially on the work of Giambattista Vice, Maurice Halbwachs, Philippe Ari?s, and Michel Foucault. He surveys such questions as the roots of contemporary historical interest in the memory topic, the eternal paradox of repetition and recollection as moments of memory, the ways in which the art of memory has been refashioned to serve the needs of the modem age and becomes integrated into historical thinking, and historians' changing attitudes toward the historiographical tradition of scholarship on the French Revolution.