Metahistory : Historical Imagination in Nineteenth Century Europe

By (author) Hayden V. White

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In White's view, beyond the surface level of the historical text, there is a deep structural, or latent, content that is generally poetic and specifically linguistic in nature. This deeper content - the metahistorical element - indicates what an "appropriate" historical explanation should be.

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 160.02 x 226.06 x 35.56mm | 635.03g
  • 01 Dec 1975
  • Baltimore, MD
  • English
  • 0801817617
  • 9780801817618
  • 147,078

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Metahistory is something more than a study of philosophies of history (although it is that too, and no doubt the most important work in the field since Collingwood): it is also a methodological manifesto, a more sustained argument for a deep-figural hermeneutic than has been worked out anywhere before now. Diacritics This is a daring, ingenious... tour de force. White has produced a profoundly original 'critique of historical reason.'. American Historical Review A book that will simply have to be reckoned with by all historians who have the slightest interest in the genesis and forms of historical narrative. Journal of Modern History

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