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By Simon Gunn

In fresh instances there was reputation of the growing to be impression of cultural conception on old writing. Foucault, Bourdieu, Butler and Spivak are only the various thinkers whose principles were taken up and deployed via historians.

What are those principles and the place do they arrive from? How have cultural theorists thought of 'history'? and the way have historians utilized theoretical insights to reinforce their very own knowing of occasions within the past?

This e-book presents a wide-ranging and authoritative consultant to the usually vexed and arguable courting among heritage and modern idea. It analyses the options that quandary either theorists and historians, akin to strength, id, modernity and postcolonialism, and gives a severe evaluate of them from an ancient standpoint.

Written in an obtainable demeanour, History and Cultural Theory supplies historians and scholars a useful precis of the impression of cultural concept on historiography during the last two decades, and shows the most likely instructions of the topic within the future.

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It also demands reflexivity, a critical awareness of the situatedness of the historian and of the knowledge s/he produces. The rest of History and Cultural Theory elaborates and expands these ideas in relation to the particular theorists and currents of thought with which they are associated. A consistent focus is the ways that history is configured within different types of cultural theory, a number of which have been introduced in this chapter. At the same time, through the book I continuously seek to demonstrate how historians have taken up and deployed elements of cultural theory in their own work, to make theorised histories.

One such was feminist thought, itself operating as a disruptive agent in established fields of knowledge and contributing directly to post-structuralism through theorists such as Hélène Cixous and Judith Butler. In Britain and North America post-structuralism was implicated in the transition from women’s to gender history, though as in other areas, not without considerable tensions (Downs 2004, 88–105). What post-structuralism brought was ways of understanding – and subverting – gender identity and relations without resorting to essentialised ideas of women’s ‘nature’ or transhistorical categories of patriarchy.

Bury famously proclaimed that while history ‘may supply material for literary art or philosophical speculation, she is herself simply a science, no less and no more’. M. Trevelyan, who argued that the ‘art of history remains always the art of narrative’ (Stern 1970, 223, 234). By the 1970s, however, ‘scientific history’ in the form of demographic and quantitative methods and social structural analysis had become significant components of the field, as Lawrence Stone acknowledged in his 1979 article (Stone 1981, 75–9).

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