The editors introduce the core areas of current debate within historical theory, bringing the reader as up to date with continuing debates and current developments as is possible. The book is divided into three parts, covering: • Part I. Foundations: The Theoretical Grounds for Knowledge of the Past • Part II. Applications: Theory-Intensive Areas in History • Part III. Coda. Post-Postmodernism: Directions and Interrogations This important handbook brings together in one volume discussions of the role of modernity, empiricism, realism, post-modernity and deconstruction in the historian's craft. Chapters are written by leading writers from around the world and cover a wide spread of historical sub-disciplines, such as social history, intellectual history, narrative, gender, memory, psycho-analysis and cultural studies, taking in, along the way, the work of thinkers such as Paul Ricouer, Michel Foucault and Hayden White. The Sage Handbook of Historical Theory is an essential resource for practicing historians, and students of history, and will appeal to scholars in related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities who seek a closer understanding of the theoretical foundations of history.

The Return of Rhetoric

Hans Kellner

To speak of the return of rhetoric brings to mind at once the ‘linguistic turn’ that has for decades preoccupied most of the human sciences, and notably history. This attention to the role of language in the conceptual shaping of scholarly discourses of reality should in fact be seen as poetics, a sub-category of rhetoric. The talk of a ‘linguistic turn’ in historical studies and throughout the human sciences has been notably imprecise. References to linguistics are rarely made, nor are the basic disciplinary distinctions among the discourses that take the functional uses of language as their realm often honored. Thus, poetics, rhetoric, and discourse analysis may be invoked, but without the goal of ...

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