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He remained at London only six years. The book begins with a general overview of the state of the world from through the end of WWI, and then moves into developments through WWII and afterwards.
Geoffrey Barraclough: From Historicism to Historical Science
See also Idem, ”What it is all about,” Of the mapr changes that occurred in the transitional era perhaps the greatest was the “revolt against the west,” in the light of which western E u q e a n world dominance might now be seen as a passing phenomenon. He came to regard those features, which in his view rendered conventional contemporwnea tory Wevant to contemporary needs, as inherent in the discipline itself, or at least in prevailing conceptions of it.
Historians too easily placed themselves between science and imaginative literature. But no less forbidding wem the titles of Barracloughs numerous other addresses, essays, articles, books, and reviews, like Is a European Civilization? A Reply to Mr.
He acknowledged that Russian political, religious, and social development diverged from that of western Europe be tween the eleventh and sixteenth centuries, but vast differenQs also separated Scandinavia and Sicily In the modem era, from the time of Peter the Great, Russia integrated itself with Europe, generating in the process internal cultural tensions that culminated in the great nineteenth-century debate between Slavophils and westemizers.
Randall Gwin rated it liked it Aug 08, Capitalismand even a little about Art and Literature. Designed as an instrument of critical inquiry, it was, in fact, a Big Battalion view of history. His call for universalism was a way of urging historians to generalize, interpret, and derive meaning frmn their study of the past.
Published on Sep View Download The truth value of scientik discoveries does not rest on their credibility to a par- ticular audience but on explanations that stand on their own. His change of interests and of methodology exemplified the reorientation of historiography in the postwar era He was a practising historian whose personal scperiences and professional refkxtions carried him a m the boundary between “doing history” and “thinking about the name of historid truth. In this respect the currently popular distinction between liberal and totalitarian democracy is not altogether satisfactory, since [ Louis XTV, Napoleon, and Bismarck were “neolithic figwes” of minor importance; better to study the fall of Constantinople and the discovery of America, if history were to be useful in the present.
Bamaclough was one of many who sought to m d h the n a w and purpose of historid understanding.
The author is extremely erudite and the book well researched. Sophie Gale rated it really liked it May 03, Narraclough a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
Studies mom m w l y defined in time and 17 bid. History in a Changing World Geoffrey Barraclough. Yang’s postscript notes that “the commune faces certain additional problems,” over and above those of the preceding phase of collectivization p. If history could not prepare one for what was happening in the present what was the point of studying the past at all?
Trivia About An Introduction t Stead, with his vision of the “Americanization of the world,” Americans such as Brooks Adams, even Kipling in the sombre “Recessional” he wrote for Queen Victoria’s jubilee inare only a few of the more outstanding figures among a multitude who sensed the unsettling impact of new forces: Agreement was impossible, he noted, on the question of whether or not the new imperialism of the late nineteenth century was eamomidy motivated, but no one could dispute its ecoIlomic amse quences.
The truth value of histories depended in part on whether they “made sense” to their readers. Challenging Artstraws Geoffrey Barraclough. In one of those intuitive insights of which Barraclough was so suspicious, G.
The choice of appmach, in Barraclough’s view, was purely voluntary yet nothing, perhaps, was better designed to free the universal historian of parochial p m n q t i o n s than the transnational standardization of procedures implicit in the scientificmethod.
He concerned himself with preoonditions rather than causes, types rather than particulars, and structures rather than individuals. But in general, there was an evident tendency for art to degenerate into a mannerism, and for artists and writers to break up into coteries whose thoughts were too esoteric to strike a responsive chord. Is There European Civilization? The line leads back thmugh the Second World War to the lla archives at Rome and the legal and adminis- trative machinery of the medieval curia.
Sekhemty rated it liked it Jun 16, By substituting the articulated presuppositions of scientific procedure for common sense, he shifted the basis of his readership from ordinary men and women who shared a common experience intdoduccion pmfessional historians and social scientists who shad a com- mon set of methodological rules and principles.
Open Preview See a Problem? Yet the historical perspective required in the mid twentieth century had to take in more than Europe alone, however broadly defined. A conventional overview of the bridge between the 19th and early 20th centuries would give significant retrospective agency itnroduccion the marxist intellectual tradition.