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History and historiography

Passmore, Kevin 2014. History and historiography. In: Backhouse, Roger E. and Fontaine, Philippe eds. A Historiography of the Modern Social Sciences, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 29-61. (10.1017/CBO9781139794817.002)

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This chapter reveals that certain tensions, methodological holists against methodological individualists, constructivists against realists, materialists against idealists, for example, have been more or less continually present, including within individual works. At the same time, the actual disposition of competing positions in terms of access to institutional power has varied greatly. The chapter focuses on the broader question of why grand narratives and turns have persisted in spite of awareness of their problematic nature. Historiography may involve critique of concepts, the chronology of interpretative fashions, or social or cultural histories of academic life. Political history was strongest in West Germany, where scholars had to define themselves against East German Marxism. By the early 1990s, historians across the discipline were evoking a cultural turn. Linguistic theory, poststructuralist or not, has been used relatively infrequently in general histories of historical writing.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107037724
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2020 14:00

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