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    The Ambiguities of History: The Problem of Ethnocentrism in Historical Writing (Tid Og Tanke,) (Paperback) By (author) Finn Fuglestad

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    DescriptionThis book argues that history may, by definition, be an imperialist science or a quintessentially Western form of discourse. Finn Fuglestad thinks there is something profoundly ambiguous about the science or academic discipline we call history. It is the only science that is the product of its own object of study, the past, an object outside of which it cannot exist. It is also the only science that can study itself. The author argues that history has a relationship with one of the so-called civilizations of the world that borders on the incestuous. That civilization is Western Civilization: history has both emerged from it and helped to shape it in such a way that they are inextricably linked. History, with its Western conceptual framework, has become a defining part of Western Civilization to the extent that the West cannot even conceive of itself being without history. But what happens when history is removed from its natural habitat? Can it be done, and has it been done, other than on the terms of the West? The real issue therefore concerns all those societies and peoples outside the West who, in accordance with the Hegelian tradition, have traditionally been labeled as without history. What does it mean exactly not to have history? The reconstruction of the pasts of peoples without history poses a tremendous challenge to the science of history, especially at the conceptual level. Finn Fuglestad not only believes that there has been a failure to confront this challenge properly, but he also questions whether anything can really be done.


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    Title
    The Ambiguities of History
    Subtitle
    The Problem of Ethnocentrism in Historical Writing
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Finn Fuglestad
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 151
    Width: 240 mm
    Height: 170 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 296 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9788274772045
    ISBN 10: 8274772040
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25520
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BIC subject category V2: HBA
    DC22: 901
    BISAC V2.8: HIS016000
    LC subject heading: ,
    Abridged Dewey: 907
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    LC classification: D16.9 .F695 2005
    LC subject heading:
    Publisher
    Oslo Academic Press
    Imprint name
    Oslo Academic Press
    Publication date
    01 December 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Oslo