On the Future of History: The Postmodernist Challenge and Its Aftermath / Edition 1

On the Future of History: The Postmodernist Challenge and Its Aftermath / Edition 1

by Ernst Breisach
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226072800

ISBN-13: 9780226072807

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

What does postmodernism mean for the future of history? Can one still write history in postmodernity? To answer questions such as these, Ernst Breisach provides the first comprehensive overview of postmodernism and its complex relationship to history and historiography. Placing postmodern theories in their intellectual and historical contexts, he shows how they are

Overview

What does postmodernism mean for the future of history? Can one still write history in postmodernity? To answer questions such as these, Ernst Breisach provides the first comprehensive overview of postmodernism and its complex relationship to history and historiography. Placing postmodern theories in their intellectual and historical contexts, he shows how they are part of broad developments in Western culture.

Breisach sees postmodernism as neither just a fad nor a universal remedy. In clear and concise language, he presents and critically evaluates the major views on history held by influential postmodernists, such as Derrida, Foucault, Lyotard, and the new narrativists. Along the way, he introduces to the reader major debates among historians over postmodern theories of evidence, objectivity, meaning and order, truth, and the usefulness of history. He also discusses new types of history that have emerged as a consequence of postmodernism, including cultural history, microhistory, and new historicism.

For anyone concerned with the postmodern challenge to history, both advocates and critics alike, On the Future of History will be a welcome guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226072807
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
A Prefatory and Introductory Note....................ix
PART 1 A Preliminary Exploration of the Postmodernist Challenge....................1
1 A Look at Terms and Issues....................3
2 An Adversarial Image of Modernity....................11
3 The Postmodern Moment....................15
4 At the Core of the Postmodernist Challenge to History....................17
5 Two Versions of the Postmodernist Future....................21
Postmodernity as the Ultimate Era of Stability Postmodernity as the Endless Stage of Total Flux 6 The Project of a Postmodernist Theory of History....................25
PART 2 Postmodernity as the Triumph of Continuity: Structural Postmodernism....................27
7 Postmodernism's Emergence in an Unlikely Setting....................29
8 An Early Redefinition of Progress's Destination....................30
9 Views with Postmodernist Affinities....................33
10 The First Twentieth-Century Postmodernist: Alexandre Kojève....................38
11 The Flourishing of Structural Postmodernism (1945-65)....................43
The Setting An Ideological Path to Postmodernity: Hendrik de Man and Bertrand de Jouvenel An Anthropological Path to Postmodernity: Arnold Gehlen A Scientific-Technological Path to Postmodernity: Roderick Seidenberg 12 The Fading of Structural Postmodernism and a Triumphal Exception: Francis Fukuyama....................51
13 Insights and Problems....................54
PART 3 Postmodernity as the Age of Dominant Change: Poststructuralist Postmodernism....................57
14 A Prelude to Poststructuralist Postmodernism Name,Motive, and Task Two Decisive Intellectual Turns: Linguistic and Philosophical The Context of Poststructuralist Postmodernism's Rise....................59
15 Narrativist History in the Poststructuralist Mode....................72
The Preparatory Role of Early Narrativism Roland Barthes's Challenge Narrativism, Poststructuralist Postmodernism, and the Historical Ways of Inquiry: White, Ankersmit, Kellner Motives, Visions, and Problems Coming to Terms with the New Narrativism: The Recent Scholarly Debate 16 In the Eye of the Storm: The Poststructuralist Postmodernist Concept of Truth....................89
The Target of Rejection Preparatory Developments for the Revision of Truth: Dilthey, Nietzsche, Heidegger Foucault's Truth: Power Manifested in Language Jacques Derrida: A Systematic Answer A Moderately Linguistic Approach: Jean-François Lyotard Reflections on the New Concept of Truth The Debate on the Implications for Historical Thought and Practice 17 The Metanarrative Controversy....................122
The Argument against the Historical Metanarrative: Lyotard, Foucault, Derrida, Baudrillard The Ongoing Debate about the Metanarrative An Innovative Variant: The New Cultural History 18 Poststructuralist Postmodernists on the Individual and the Utility of History....................153
Could History Still Be Useful? The Deconstruction of the Individual as Historical Agent Can Postmodernist Views of History Justify Action? Activism [without the Guidance of the Past Responses to the Challenge PART 4 Poststructuralist Postmodernism and the Reshaping of Society....................167
19 What Kind of Marxism in Postmodernity?....................169
The Contestants and the Historical Situation The Deconstruction of the Marxist View of History A Marxist Variant with Postmodernist Themes: The Frankfurt School and Habermas 20 Postmodernism and Feminist History....................184
PART 5 Concluding Observations....................191
Notes....................209
Select Bibliography....................223
Index....................237

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