Historicism: A Travelling Concept (Paperback)

Historicism: A Travelling Concept By Herman Paul (Editor), Adriaan Van Veldhuizen (Editor) Cover Image

Historicism: A Travelling Concept (Paperback)

By Herman Paul (Editor), Adriaan Van Veldhuizen (Editor)


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Throughout the twentieth century, scholars, artists and politicians have accused each other of "historicism." But what exactly did this mean? Judging by existing scholarship, the answers varied enormously. Like many other "isms," historicism could mean nearly everything, to the point of becoming meaningless.

Yet the questions remain: What made generations of scholars throughout the humanities and social sciences worry about historicism? Why did even musicians and members of parliament warn against historicism? And what explains this remarkable career of the term across generations, fields, regions, and languages?

Focusing on the "travels" that historicism made, this volume uses historicism as a prism for exploring connections between disciplines and intellectual traditions usually studied in isolation from each other. It shows how generations of sociologists, theologians, and historians tried to avoid pitfalls associated with historicism and explains why the term was heavily charged with emotions like anxiety, anger, and worry.

While offering fresh interpretations of classic authors such as Friedrich Meinecke, Karl L with, and Leo Strauss, this volume highlights how historicism took on new meanings, connotations, and emotional baggage in the course of its travels through time and place.
Herman Paul is Professor of the History of the Humanities at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He is the author of Key Issues in Historical Theory (2015) and Hayden White: The Historical Imagination (2011). Adriaan van Veldhuizen is Assistant Professor in Historical Theory at Leiden University, The Netherlands, where he coordinates the PhD program in history and plays a leading role in the research project, "The Demands of our Time: Epochal Thinking from 1800 to the Present." He published a Dutch-language book on the history of socialism and several articles on historical theory, most recently in History and Theory.
Product Details ISBN: 9781350216181
ISBN-10: 1350216186
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: April 21st, 2022
Pages: 218
Language: English