History Under Debate: International Reflection on the Discipline / Edition 1

History Under Debate: International Reflection on the Discipline / Edition 1

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History Under Debate: International Reflection on the Discipline / Edition 1

Examine new trends in the writing of new history—and what they mean to information science!

History has been devalued, causing a lack of career prospects for historians, a decrease in vocations to the history profession, and historical discontinuity between generations. History Under Debate: International Reflection on the Discipline is a recap of the crucial Second International Historia a Debate conference, held on July 17, 1999 in Santiago de Compostela. This book details the comparative critical perspectives on history, historians, their audiences, and the coming trends that will inevitably impact information science. The in-depth examination provides innovative approaches to historians as they redefine their discipline in relation to the global society of the new millennium while presenting invaluable insights for librarians, social scientists, and political scientists.

History Under Debate: International Reflection on the Discipline examines how the writing of history in the twenty-first century is revitalized by international comparative historiography, thanks to new technologies and the multinational integration processes in economy, politics, culture, and academics. The first section discusses the Historia a Debate (HaD) Forum and Movement, detailing the need for change to restore history as a vital global subject in modern times. The remainder of the book consists of reflective and comparative views on the study of history and historiography as well as history in and about Spain and its relation to the rest of the world. The book explores new ways for moving the discipline beyond sources and source criticism alone to a different concept of the historical profession as a science with a human subject that discovers the past as people construct it. Included in this book is the English translation of the HaD Manifesto—a proposal designed to unify historians of the twenty-first century and ensure a new dawn for history, its writings, and its teachings.

History Under Debate: International Reflection on the Discipline includes vital discussions on:

  • “Linguistic Turn,” Postmodernism, and Deconstruction
  • gender studies and social history
  • objectivity and subjectivity in historical interpretation
  • multiple views of history from differing times and places
  • history as criticism, literature, and reconstruction
History Under Debate: International Reflection on the Discipline is an essential resource that teaches historians, librarians, social scientists, and humanists how to use cross-border development and new global historiographic networks to bring hope for a future in history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789026880
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

About the Editorsix
Preface: History As a Primary Sourcexiii
Part IThe HaD Forum and Movement
Chapter 1The Return of History3
History Accelerates4
The Positivist Turn6
Reconstruction and Reform14
Possible Diagnosis18
Narrative History21
Commitment in History22
Reflective History27
Interdisciplinary History30
Global History33
Assertive History35
Chapter 2History Under Debate Manifesto43
Part IIDebate and Discussion
History in and of Spain
Chapter 3The Linguistic Turn and Postmodernity Among Spanish Historians59
Social History As an Academic Subject (1950-1982)60
A Period of Fecundity and Empiricism (1982-1990)64
The Subjectivist Turn68
The Linguistic Turn and Postmodernism: Mistrust and Rejection71
Chapter 4Teaching Women's History in Spanish Universities83
Underrepresentation of Women in History83
Women's Studies: The Status Quo84
Teaching Women's History86
Postgraduate Programs89
Extracurricular Activities91
Appendix: Universities Teaching Women's History94
Chapter 5Centers and Peripheries: Writing and Teaching Medieval and Early Modern Spanish History95
Introduction: Research Centers and Paradigms95
Center and Periphery in Teaching and Writing About Spain99
Teaching the Center from the Peripheries102
The Paradigm of Center and Periphery104
Local, Regional, and National Histories105
Overturning Center-Based Histories107
Reflective and Comparative views
Chapter 6The History of Historiography: Retrospective Analysis and Research113
Situational Overview116
Chapter 7History Facing the Perpetual Present: The Past-Future Relationships133
Middle Ages in Chiapas: Actuality of the Inactual135
History, a Bridge Between Past and Future141
Resisting the Perpetual Present146
Discordant Temporalities in History152
Chapter 8Recent Trends in U.S. Social History159
Introduction: "New" Social History159
Culture and Society162
Labor History163
Women's History165
Rural History165
Immigration and Social Identity166
Ethnic Identities and Social Minorities168
Twentieth-Century Social History171
Chapter 9Historical Information Science: History in Information Science; Information Science in History177
Conceptualization and Definition183
Chapter 10The Historian As Subject and Object199
Chapter 11Illusions About and Underestimation of the Role of Sentiment in the Historian's Work213
From Objectivist Illusions to Initial Disillusions214
Emotion in Objectivity and Misconceptions About Ranke219
The Underestimated Role of Subjectivity and Sentiment222
Revival of Lucidity in France on the Eve of Postmodernism227
From Marrou to Ricoeur and Return to Ranke Revisited230
Chapter 12"The End of History": Looking Back and Thinking Ahead239
Looking Back240
Thinking Ahead249
Chapter 13Globalization and Historiography265

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