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History : Narration, Interpretation, Orientation - Jorn Rusen


Narration, Interpretation, Orientation

Hardcover Published: 26th January 2005
ISBN: 9781571816245
Number Of Pages: 236

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Without denying the importance of the postmodernist approach to the narrative form and rhetorical strategies of historiography, the author, one of Germany's most prominent cultural historians, argues here in favor of reason and methodical rationality in history. He presents a broad variety of aspects, factors and developments of historical thinking from the 18th century to the present, thus continuing, in exemplary fashion, the tradition of critical self-reflection in the humanities and looking at historical studies as an important factor of cultural orientation in practical life. Jorn Rusen was Professor of Modern History at Universities Bochum and Bielefeld for many years. From 1994 to 1997 he was Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld. Since 1997 he has been President of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut). He specialises in theory and methodology of historical sciences, the history of historiography, intercultural aspects of historical thinking, theory of historical learning, and the history of human rights.

Introduction : how to understand historical thinkingp. 1
Historical narration : foundation, types, reasonp. 9
Narrative competence : the ontogeny of historical and moral consciousnessp. 21
Rhetoric and aesthetics of history : Leopold von Rankep. 41
Narrativity and objectivity in historical studiesp. 59
What is historical theory?p. 77
New history : paradigms of interpretationp. 93
Theoretical approaches to an intercultural comparison of historiographyp. 109
Loosening the order of history : modernity, postmodernity, memoryp. 129
Historical thinking as Trauerarbeit : Burckhardt's answer to a question of our timep. 147
Historizing Nazi-time : metahistorical reflections on the debate between friedlander and broszatp. 163
Holocaust-memory and German identityp. 189
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ISBN: 9781571816245
ISBN-10: 1571816240
Series: Making Sense of History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 26th January 2005
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.51