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

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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.

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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

A Prefatory and Introductory Note
Pt. 1A Preliminary Exploration of the Postmodernist Challenge1
1A Look at Terms and Issues3
2An Adversarial Image of Modernity11
3The Postmodern Moment15
4At the Core of the Postmodernist Challenge to History17
5Two Versions of the Postmodernist Future21
6The Project of a Postmodernist Theory of History25
Pt. 2Postmodernity as the Triumph of Continuity: Structural Postmodernism27
7Postmodernism's Emergence in an Unlikely Setting29
8An Early Redefinition of Progress's Destination30
9Views with Postmodernist Affinities33
10The First Twentieth-Century Postmodernist: Alexandre Kojeve38
11The Flourishing of Structural Postmodernism (1945-65)43
12The Fading of Structural Postmodernism and a Triumphal Exception: Francis Fukuyama51
13Insights and Problems54
Pt. 3Postmodernity as the Age of Dominant Change: Poststructuralist Postmodernism57
14A Prelude to Poststructuralist Postmodernism59
15Narrativist History in the Poststructuralist Mode72
16In the Eye of the Storm: The Poststructuralist Postmodernist Concept of Truth89
17The Metanarrative Controversy122
18Poststructuralist Postmodernists on the Individual and the Utility of History153
Pt. 4Poststructuralist Postmodernism and the Reshaping of Society167
19What Kind of Marxism in Postmodernity?169
20Postmodernism and Feminist History184
Pt. 5Concluding Observations191
Notes209
Select Bibliography223
Index237

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