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.

Coda. Post-postmodernism: Directions and Interrogations

Introduction

First, the term ‘post-postmodern,’ used to demarcate this section of chapters, clamors for explanation and perhaps even justification. After all, it is hard to think of a conceptual or chronological term more awkward than ‘post-postmodern’ with its lurching double stumbles forward anchored back to something ‘modern.’ Admittedly, not a happy locution, and we consider it a place-holder, a temporizing makeshift pointing to a real change whose exact nature has not yet clarified itself sufficiently to generate a better name. It has been true for some time now that the kind of energy that pushed forward the many investigations of the linguistic turn has subsided along with the contentiousness that threatened, or invigorated, long-held assumptions about the stability of historical ...

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