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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 1: The Turn towards ‘Science’: Historians Delivering Untheorized Truth

The Turn towards ‘Science’: Historians Delivering Untheorized Truth
The turn towards ‘science’: Historians delivering untheorized truth
MichaelBentley

A certain unease has always characterized historians’ relation to theory in the West and no single period has shown itself free from that discomfiture. But perhaps one can identify an extended moment in western ...

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