What Was History? The Art of History in Early Modern Europe

What Was History? The Art of History in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 330 pp. The history of historiography is at last emerging as a program in Anglo-American scholarship. For the better part of two centuries it has been — and continues to be — overlaid by another program, the philosophy (and the history of the philosophy) of history, in which the philosophic intellect reflects upon the topos or the concept of history and asks what it is to be in and of it. Under such names as “historicism” and “historicity,” this inquiry reached one peak in the great age of imperial Germany, another in the Marxism and liberal conservatism of the Cold War, and is no doubt now passing into a postmodernism where I shall not attempt to follow it. Philosophy of history is not the same thing as historiography, the writing of history, unless the use of this word in the singular confines it to some universal meaning. If we use it in the plural, we can ask what “histories” have been written and by whom, when and where; what their writers and readers meant by calling them “histories,” or what we mean by calling them that. It will soon appear that this is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Common Knowledge Duke University Press

What Was History? The Art of History in Early Modern Europe

Common Knowledge, Volume 14 (3) – Oct 1, 2008

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Duke University Press
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(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 330 pp. The history of historiography is at last emerging as a program in Anglo-American scholarship. For the better part of two centuries it has been — and continues to be — overlaid by another program, the philosophy (and the history of the philosophy) of history, in which the philosophic intellect reflects upon the topos or the concept of history and asks what it is to be in and of it. Under such names as “historicism” and “historicity,” this inquiry reached one peak in the great age of imperial Germany, another in the Marxism and liberal conservatism of the Cold War, and is no doubt now passing into a postmodernism where I shall not attempt to follow it. Philosophy of history is not the same thing as historiography, the writing of history, unless the use of this word in the singular confines it to some universal meaning. If we use it in the plural, we can ask what “histories” have been written and by whom, when and where; what their writers and readers meant by calling them “histories,” or what we mean by calling them that. It will soon appear that this is

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