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 Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Front Cover · Hayden White . Since its initial publication in , Hayden White’s Metahistory has remained an essential book for understanding the nature of historical. Title, Metahistory: the historical imagination in nineteenth-century Europe / Hayden White. Author, White, Hayden V., Extent, dpi TIFF G4 page images.

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The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe, historical discourse can be classified into the literary patterns of tragedy, comedy, romance, and irony. White contends that history in the newly scientific, Enlightenment world of the 18th century suffered from extreme irony. Hegel and the gentlemen whom White studies in Metahistory, sought to identify history as a discipline proper and, in many cases, as a scientific discipline.

But despite some extremely strong statements in support of the kind of theories metahistorry languages that Foucault was putting forward, White never quite let go of the humanism that was the hallmark of much of his pre- Metahistory work. nineteenth-centry

Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe by Hayden White

If not a tropologist, then surely White can be categorized as a narrativist? It is very much a work of its time, in that like contemporaries Thomas Kuhn and Michel Foucault, White is very much concerned with historizication and discontinuity.

This haycen confidence in histories claim to be objective and scientific. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The chapter on Hegel is like a mental firewall, real difficult to get through. He explicates the styles of such historians as Michelet, Ranke, Tocueville, and Borchardt and of such philosophers of history as Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Croce.


Nov 28, Sara rated it liked it Shelves: The apparatus White is using is confusing at times and I don’t think his theoretical world corresponds to the actual analysis he is doing of the historical and philosophical texts.

No festive occasions except false or illusory ones. While jargon in a work of history often seems to substitute for original or even simply interesting thought, White’s project is complex enough that the jargon is warranted. Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation. Even though he’s a bit of a formalist, I like White’s clarity of thought.

This deeper content – the metahistorical element – indicates what an “appropriate” historical explanation should be And of course – it helped me a lot in my studies: American Historical Association members Sign in via society site.

Johns Hopkins University Press. And a good portion of these eight authors did not believe the rurope of history was necessarily toward something good or better.

eurkpe Believes in the necessity of structural transformations. University of California Press, It was published in History and Theorywhich for its first five years had largely been concerned with refinements of what had come to be known as the analytic philosophy of history.

Citing articles via Google Scholar. But this very topic, whether history is a science, a te or an art, is precisely what White’s subject authors were debating. Sep 17, Michael rated it liked it Recommends it for: The Historical Imaginationreview no. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

Windy Pineda rated it it was amazing Nov 26, Mr Adam Timmins, review of Hayden White: Jul 29, Alex rated it it was amazing. Entracte rated it it was ok Oct 27, Dec 13, ine. Related articles in Google Scholar. White ultimately attacks the notion that modern history texts present objective, accurate explanations of the past; instead, he argues that historians and philosophers operate under unarticulated assumptions in arranging, selecting, and interpreting events.


Yet the collection was a revelation — in the sense that it showed there was a lot more to White than a seeming obsession with tropes. Aug 30, Mark Bowles rated it really liked it. Hope is held out for the temporary triumph of man over his world by the occasional reco Three levels by which historians provide explanation.

Read it if you are interested in history, philosophy of history, intellectual history, or historiography even generally. White Snippet view – Danielle Lee rated it it was amazing Feb 17, White’s typology of historical relations lists Irony, Metonymy, Metaphor and Synecdoche as four paradigms.

This leads to White’s use of Capital Letters.

In addition, in his essay, Ghasemi highlights a number of preoccupations of professional historiography and argues how White deploys the discourse of postmodernism to dismantle them.

Among the main types of Ideology White adopts anarchyconservatismradicalism and liberalism. In his seminal book The Nineteenth-cenyury of Scientific RevolutionsKuhn had argued that there was no neutral algorithm that could be invoked to decide between competing scientific theories.

Metahistory: the historical imagination in nineteenth-century Europe

A very difficult book to read, but it really opened my mind and enlightened me a whole lot! Second go round on this behemoth. The Johns Hopkins University Press. The way this last is explored is haydne particularly interesting feature of the work because White claims that the only way true historical change can be registered is either imaginwtion a historian holds two separate forms of relation in mind at once or engages in Hegelian style dialectics.