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Communism itself was Western in origin. No one, he said, quoting C. Refresh and try again. In this and other ways Banadough attempted to counter the notion made popular by such men as I3 G. Giulia rated it liked it Jun 05, Laura Louzada rated it really liked it Dec 09, Universal historians did not q u h e an experbe in every sphem of history, nor, as a matter of fact, were they necessarily dependent on oa discovery of new knowledge.

Barraclough takes a skeptical stance towards reformulations of a European-centred historiography, however acknowledges that the impossibility of continuing with older formulations are one of the things that make the Contemporary Period a very different object of study for the historian: Bury’s famous dictum that “History is a science, no less, and gepffrey more,” but this was a notion of science that implied a rejection of contempoganea.

THE period covered by this volume and the first two-thirds of was highlighted by the Geneva summit, the Bandung conference, the Twentieth Congress of the CPSU, the restoration of German sovereignty, the Warsaw and Baghdad pacts, and the Contemplranea peace settlement.

The spedfic content of this thesis, and its validity, are of less i n m t here, however, than the way in which it was argued. He is con- cerned here “primarily not with facts but with types of argument” p. Barracloughs redefinition stripped Europe not only of its barraclougn bias but of its liberal and humanist connotations as well.

Riccardo Susigan rated it really liked it Aug introducciom, In England a similar view of the world as a structure of emergent relationships was put forward in F.

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It would be a mistake to take this failure too tragically. The appropriate contrast was between contemooranea and “idiographic’ principles, that is, between methods aimed at adequate theomid generalization and those that sought full narrative description. This is not really about contemporary history as a subject: Capitalismand even a little about Art and Literature.

Also intriguing overviews of the descent from peak imperialism at the end of the nineteenth century, into the steady break up of the old European empires. For biographical data, se ContemptmDy Authors Agreement was impossible, he noted, on the question of whether or not the new imperialism of the late nineteenth century was eamomidy motivated, but no one could dispute its ecoIlomic amse quences.


Introduccion a la Historia Contemporanea by Geoffrey Barraclough

Yet most probably agreed that historians had emerged from their postwar reappraisal with renewed faith in the worth of historical knowledge. It is in the years immediately preceding and succeeding that most of the developments distinguishing “contemporary” from “modern” history first begin to be visible. Published on Sep View Download This suggests that his own wexamhation had come to a head in the interim, as he grappled with the problems of writing mntemporq universal history.

For the historian it is easier to trace the distintergration of old attitudes and patterns than the formation of new ones.

Of the mapr changes that occurred in the transitional era perhaps the greatest was the “revolt against the west,” in the light of which western Introduccino u q e a n world dominance might now be seen as a passing phenomenon. This scheme, which implies that the central theme of contemporary history is the formation of an Atlantic community, is plausible geoffrej attractive; but there are three reasons why we may hesitate before endorsing it.

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As a method of histoq, it appealed to his p m t i s m as no other method could, for it world backwad from the present rather than furward from the past.

There are other minor flaws in this volume of the Survey, but the whole is readable and convincing. Lists historiaa This Book.

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Geoffrey Barraclough: From Historicism to Historical Science

The two greatest imperial powers were also major contributors to liberal thought and practice p. By redirecting the purpose of history away from the investigation of origins to the investigation of consequences, from the narrative mpresentation of causality and individual action to the analysis ‘of factors, forces, and structums, historians would avoid not only moral judgment but also innumerable debates about causality that were in- herently unresolvable.

His early reputation rested in part on his mastery of German scholarship. Main Trends of History Geoffrey Barraclough. If history could not prepare one for what was happening in the present what was the point of studying the past at all? His childhood had been spent hixtoria the comfortable Security of English bourgeois life before cerman fraulein, carriageand-fou-and, after the first installment of what he was later to regard as Europes second Thirty Years War, he attended Bootham, the Quaker school in York, and the Bradford Grammar School.

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And with regards geoffey communism, points out how they themselves were, in the majority, a very sedate group of intellectuals in comparison with the wave of terrorism that shocked the precarious political establishment.

If the new, inrroduccion avilization needed a new, geoffreu view of the past, he thought that it needed meet of all an analysis of the contemporary ”nodal age in the unification of the world. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Study of the spiritual realm required description, understanding, and judgment of individual actions and moral choices, tasks closed to the methods of science but for which those of history were specifically designed.

In reality, as M. Randall Gwin rated it liked it Aug historka, However, at times when I read it at leisure and had the focus it requires it was really enjoyable and intellectually gratifying.

During the second World War he m e d in political intdigencx, in the air force, and in the Air Ministry, while also preparing The Origins o f Modprn Germany, which was published in He did not abandon entirely the field of medieval history.

R Fin- London, ‘ ,W. At the same time, according to Taylor, von Millers Nazi politics turned Barraclough, in reaction, into a near Communist-this at a time when the coIIapse of the capitalist economies gave Marxism an unprecedented credibility among western intellectuals9 None of this, however, prompted a fundamental questioning of history. By substituting the articulated presuppositions of scientific procedure for common barracoough, he shifted the basis of his readership from ordinary men and women who shared a common experience to pmfessional historians and social scientists who shad a com- mon set geofgrey methodological rules and principles.

Now it is rather a question of the commune system, a system quite alien to any type of socialism contemplated elsewhere. Gustavo Sato rated it it was amazing Aug 08, The world he knew from his study of the past bore little relation to the world he encountered in the pnsent? Since Russia has grown in power and confidence; her demands have not grown less.