With the ‘cultural turn’, the concept of culture has assumed enormous importance in our understanding of the interrelations between social, political, and economic structures, patterns of everyday interaction, and systems of meaning-making. In The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Analysis, the leading figures in their fields explore the implications of this paradigm shift. Addressed to academics and advanced students in all fields of the social sciences and humanities, this Handbook is at once a synthesis of advances in the field, with a comprehensive coverage of the scholarly literature, and a collection of original and provocative essays by some of the brightest intellectuals of our time.

Cultural History

Cultural history

Cultural history has been practised under this name (in German at least, Kulturgeschichte) for some 200 years, but it is only in the last three decades or so that it has emerged as a major variety of history, especially – though far from exclusively – in the English-speaking world.

In the age of the dominance of the history of high politics, more or less 1830–1930, and even in the age of the dominance of economic and social history, 1930–1980, cultural history was marginal and even subversive (Christiansen, 2000). Such masterpieces as The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860) by the Swiss scholar Jacob Burckhardt and The Autumn of the Middle Ages (1919) by the Dutch scholar Johan Huizinga were better received by ...

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