Metahistory: Historical Imagination in Nineteenth Century Europe

Metahistory: Historical Imagination in Nineteenth Century Europe


By (author) Hayden V. White

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  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 34mm | 760g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1975
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801817617
  • ISBN 13: 9780801817618
  • Sales rank: 140,457

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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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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