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Representation

Marek Tamm

Marek Tamm is Professor of Cultural History at Tallinn University, Estonia. His primary research fields are the cultural history of medieval Europe, theory of history and cultural memory studies. He has recently published Debating New Approaches to History (ed. with Peter Burke, 2018) and an edited volume, Afterlife of Events: Perspectives on Mnemohistory (2015). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Key Concepts

...Introduction It is a common philosophical argument, although increasingly challenged, that human understanding and experience of the world can only be mediated through systems of representation. Since we cannot copy or reproduce in our...

Afrocentricity

Toyin Falola

Toyin Falola is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, United States Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Introduction The postcolonial African world was defined by a history of distortion of their precolonial legacy and achievements, which was handed down by Europeans who came for commercial exploitations of Africa, its cultural properties...

Philosophy of Historiography

Aviezer Tucker

Aviezer Tucker is Gvirtzman Memorial Foundation Fellow at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Essays on Theory, Method and Historiography

...Introduction The distinction between the philosophy of historiography and the philosophy of history was designed to distinguish philosophical questions and concerns about the past (history) from philosophical problems and concerns about...

Posthuman History

Zoltán Boldizsár Simon

Zoltán Boldizsár Simon is Research Fellow and Board Member of the Centre for Theories in Historical Research at Bielefeld University, Germany. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Essays on Theory, Method and Historiography

...Introduction Posthuman history is the historical study of the posthuman world. This concise definition features an object of knowledge (the posthuman world) and an approach to the studied object (historical). Yet, for the definition to gain...

Cheikh Anta Diop

Toyin Falola

Toyin Falola is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, United States Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Key Thinkers

...Introduction Intellectualism defined as the generally acquired body of knowledge of a society advanced by people who think beyond an average degree, helps to shape significant events and their perceptions. Intellectuals, by deference...

Multiperspectivity in History Education

Saro Lozano Parra

Saro Lozano Parra is a doctoral student at Utrecht University, The Netherlands Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bjorn Wansink

Bjorn Wassink is Associate Professor at Utrecht University, The Netherlands Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Key Concepts

...Introduction Over the past three decades the concept multiperspectivity (MP) has gained importance in history education (Bergmann 2000; Grever and Adriaansen 2019; Grever and van Boxtel 2014). At least partly, this was caused by wider...

What Is Historical Meaningfulness?

Steven G. Smith

Steven G. Smith is Jennie Carlisle Golding Professor of Philosophy at Millsaps College, USA and the author of The Concept of the Spiritual (1988), Gender Thinking (1992), Worth Doing (2004), and Appeal and Attitude (2005). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Full History : On the Meaningfulness of Shared Action

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Certain familiar claims will probably always be made about the value of knowledge of the past – suitably construed pieces of the past – but there is something more fundamental and difficult to grasp about the interest of history as such,...

How We Got Out of Music History, and How We Can Get Back into It

Theories of History : History Read across the Humanities

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Part I: Music history since the fall of the Berlin Wall The style dualism What kind of historical object is music? Is it a “work,” the product of creative labor, whose identity as a work can be fixed...

Histoire Croisée

Michael Werner

Michael Werner is a professor at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, France Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bénédicte Zimmermann

Bénédicte Zimmermann is a professor at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, France Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Introduction Histoire croisée means crossing borders of various kinds—territorial, linguistic, social, cultural—and revisiting those analytic categories that bear the stamp of the spatial and temporal configurations in which they took shape...

Evidence and Proof in Historical Research

Jonas Ahlskog

Jonas Ahlskog is Postdoctoral Researcher in Philosophy and History of Ideas at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Essays on Theory, Method and Historiography

...Introduction There is common agreement that the modern idea of historical research is conceptually connected with the notion of evidence. This connection is attested by the fact that, at least since the nineteenth century, reliance...