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.
Chapter 14: The Newest Social History: Crisis and Renewal
The Newest Social History: Crisis and Renewal
Is social history dead? Patrick Joyce raised the question in an article in the mid-1990s as the passionate debates over the impact of the linguistic and cultural turns began to abate.1 Has a triumphalist cultural history killed it? When the Social History Society in Britain in 2004 launched a new journal, Cultural and Social History, the desire to hang on to the social moniker was understandable for a proud, flagship organization less than three decades old, but at best ‘social’ now had equal billing with ‘cultural’, or perhaps the placing of ‘cultural’ first really signified greater primacy than the merely alphabetical. In the introductory editorial to this journal, Asa Briggs, President ...