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From History to Theory [Hardcover]

Kerwin Lee Klein

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3 Jun 2011
"From History to Theory" describes major changes in the conceptual language of the humanities, particularly in the discourse of history. In seven beautifully written, closely related essays, Kerwin Lee Klein traces the development of academic vocabularies through the dynamically shifting cultural, political, and linguistic landscapes of the twentieth century. He considers the rise and fall of 'philosophy of history' and discusses past attempts to imbue historical discourse with scientific precision. He explores the development of the 'meta-narrative' and the post-Marxist view of history and shows how the present resurgence of old words - such as 'memory' - in new contexts is providing a way to address marginalized people. In analyzing linguistic changes in the North American academy, "From History to Theory" innovatively ties semantic shifts in academic discourse to key trends in American society, culture, and politics.

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"Kerwin Klein's From History to Theory is a brilliant, idiosyncratic, and argumentative book." -- Ben Alpers U.S. Intellectual History Blog 20130325

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Kerwin Lee Klein is Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley and is the author of Frontiers of Historical Imagination (UC Press).

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3.0 out of 5 stars This is a book about historiography 4 Mar 2014
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Yes. It is. Klein does a pretty good job lamenting the separation of history in practice and history in theory. He points out that many historians like to think of themselves as existing outside of history and historical influence. The thesis reminds me of Carr's book on historiography.
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