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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...

From Process to Structure: The Annales School and Twentieth-Century Academic Medieval History

Walter Kudrycz

Dr Walter Kudrycz is lecturer in philosophy at the Australian National University, Canberra. He combines a close knowledge of western philosophy with an academic background in medieval history. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Historical Present : Medievalism and Modernity

Continuum International Publishing Group, 2011

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...As in the nineteenth century, twentieth-century academic medievalism consisted largely of progressive thinking. And as in the nineteenth century, this progressive thinking was made up of Idealist metaphysics and Hegelian visions on the one...

Historicism’s arrival in the United States: Two routes from Germany

Adriaan van Veldhuizen

Adriaan van Veldhuizen is Assistant Professor in Historical Theory at Leiden University, The Netherlands, where he coordinates the PhD program in history and plays a leading role in the research project, “The Demands of our Time: Epochal Thinking from 1800 to the Present.” He published a Dutch-language book on the history of socialism and several articles on historical theory, most recently in History and Theory. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Historicism : A Travelling Concept

Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

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...Abstract By analysing two meanings attached to the concept of ‘historicism’ in a controversy on historical relativism among American historians in the 1930s, this chapter identifies two routes along which historicism had travelled from...

The Nineteenth Century: Nationalism and Public Education

Jeremy Black

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter, UK, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, USA. His books include Crisis of Empire (2015), Military Strategy: A Global History (2020) and Naval Warfare (2017). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Contesting History : Narratives of Public History

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...National Histories Public history became more intensive in the nineteenth century, in the shape of more visible and perceived as more important, as rival states sought to shape their histories in order...

Style: The Literary Cadences of Russian Historical Narrative

Frances Nethercott

Frances Nethercott is Reader in Modern European History at the University of St. Andrews, UK. She is the author of Russia’s Plato: Plato and the Platonic Tradition in Russian Education, Science and Ideology, 1840-1930(2000) and Russian Legal Culture Before and After Communism (2007). She also serves on the editorial board of Studies in East European Thought and Intellectual History Review. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing History in Late Imperial Russia : Scholarship and the Literary Canon

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...‘To become a professional historian’, wrote Aleksandr Kiesewetter,you (…) require the ability to reconstruct events, that is, to envision for yourself and recreate in words the events of the past in all their specificity, in all...

Friedrich Meinecke’s Historism or the defeat of German historicism

Historicism : A Travelling Concept

Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

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...Abstract This chapter offers a contextual reading of the works of Friedrich Meinecke. By discussing the importance of Goethe, Ranke and the political and methodological tensions in Meinecke’s works on historicism, it shows...

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,...

Objectivity

Tor Egil Førland

Tor Egil Førland is Professor at the University of Oslo, Norway Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Essays on Theory, Method and Historiography

...Introduction The objectivity ideal ruled historiography from the early nineteenth century until it succumbed to a combination of academic and extramural forces fifty years ago. Like the monarchy, it had to relinquish its absolutist claims...

Professors and Professionals: Medieval History and the Nineteenth-Century Academic Environment

Walter Kudrycz

Dr Walter Kudrycz is lecturer in philosophy at the Australian National University, Canberra. He combines a close knowledge of western philosophy with an academic background in medieval history. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Historical Present : Medievalism and Modernity

Continuum International Publishing Group, 2011

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...In the nineteenth century the study of the Middle Ages developed within – and as a result of – tensions between Romanticism and Idealism. These tensions existed at the time when the study of history began to assume its modern, professional...

What Is Historiography and Why Does It Matter

Eileen Ka-May Cheng

Eileen Cheng is Associate Professor in the History Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. Her research interests include the American Revolution and the early American Republic, American and European intellectual history, and historiography. She has published numerous journal articles and one monograph - The Plain and Noble Garb of Truth: Nationalism and Impartiality in American Historical Writing. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Essays on Theory, Method and Historiography

...Introduction In 1938 the historian Carl Becker asked “What is historiography?” (1938). Historians themselves have varied in their answers to that question. On the broadest level, the term has been used to mean the writing of history...