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Historical Knowledge

In Quest of Theory, Method and Evidence

Editor(s): Susanna Fellman and Marjatta Rahikainen
Contributors: Janken Myrdal, Matti Peltonen, Marjatta Rahkainen, Giovanni Levi, Natalie Zemon Davis, Carlo Ginzburg,

Book Description

Historical Knowledge approaches the topic of historical knowledge in depth and from various angles. It seeks to offer theoretical and methodological building blocks for the use of anyone pursuing historical research.

This book brings novel insights into classic and topical issues currently under debate: the importance of theory in historical thinking, the dialectic of “text” and “annotation”, the actor and observer levels, the relationship between the general and the individual, the issue of comparison, and the problem of sporadic sources and of understanding the singularity of each one.

The overall theme of the book, the possibility of historical knowledge, reflects the very issue that makes historical research distinctive: the challenges of evidence and the problems, both concrete and conceptual, with deciphering and interpreting remnants of the past. This book refreshes the discussion about sources and proper evidence, two issues that the linguistic turn and the postmodern challenge pushed into the background.

The book addresses these issues in an easily accessible way and serves as an introduction and guide to the role of theory, method and evidence in historical research not only for students and scholars of history, but also for anyone outside the field with an interest in the topic.

Historical Knowledge is the first book to include texts by the three eminent historians, Professors Natalie Zemon Davis, Carlo Ginzburg and Giovanni Levi. The other contributors, Professors Risto Alapuro, Janken Myrdal and Matti Peltonen, are active debaters in current theoretical and methodo-logical discussion.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3451-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3451-3
Date of Publication: 01/01/2012
Pages / Size: 210 / A5
Price: £39.99


The editors of the book, Professor Susanna Fellman and Dr Marjatta Rahikainen, are practicing historians who have published in the fields of economic and social history.