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In An Introduction to Contemporary History, published geofdrey 1!? It was reinforced also by new trends in the physical sciences and by the impact of new psychological insights. He concerned himself with preoonditions rather than causes, types rather than particulars, hisgoria structures rather than individuals. It is in introducccion years immediately preceding and succeeding that most of the developments distinguishing “contemporary” from “modern” history first begin to be visible.

In reality, as M. For the historian it is easier to trace the distintergration of old attitudes and patterns than the formation of new ones. The spread of literacy and the rise in its wake of new methods of mass indoctrination led, without doubt, to a ingroduccion increase in the power of propaganda framed on crude ideological lines; but throughout the nineteenth century western Europeans had launched diatribes against the “Asiatic despotism” of the Tsars no less virulent than those later launched against the communists, and there was no aspect of the hatred of the “godless Reds” which had not already been expressed a century earlier regarding the French revolutionaries.

In the second place, current ideological conflicts have obscured the issue [ He is con- cerned here “primarily not with facts but cotemporanea types of argument” p.

The central fact marking a break between two periods was the collapse – except in formal education, which was thereby histooria cut off from the mainstream of social development – introsuccion the humanist tradition which had dominated European thought since the Renaissance. Yang’s postscript notes that “the commune faces certain additional problems,” over and above those of the preceding phase of collectivization p.

It was the final proof that a new period of history was beginning. From the beginning of his professional life his scholarly horizons w e unusually broad, and the influence of German historiography was always apparent. However, at times when I read it at leisure and had the focus it requires it was really enjoyable and intellectually gratifying. Contemporaea World Geoffrey Barraclough. I want today, he said, under what may seem to you a rather forbidding title, to take a bull by the horns.


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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Europeans, he believed, required a conception of their own past that better acknowledged the influence of extra-European forces, and a new aw- of the wider world as such, in which they w m destined to play a muchdiminished de. Andor Mostert rated it liked it Aug 05, It is one of these books now 50 years old or sowhere one while reading it entertains the fantasy or hope that the author would have been alive today so as to write a more contemporary co This misleadingly short book was not an easy read took me about 8 months to finishat least not for this commentator.

Apart from the beginnings of the Algerian revolt, the twenty months were relaxed and relatively peaceful- the calm before Hungary and Suez. It is densely factual, original, clearheaded and profound beyond its remit. A conventional overview of the bridge between the 19th and early 20th centuries would give significant retrospective agency to the marxist intellectual tradition.

But no less forbidding wem the titles of Barracloughs numerous other addresses, essays, articles, books, and reviews, like Is a European Civilization?

In his view, the cyclical inrroduccion of Toynbee and Oswald Spengler were more fundamentally sound, though they were marred by a dangerous pessimism on the one hand, and wishful thinking on the other.

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He thought that these terms, in their unscamined assump tions, expressed certain values and determined which historical problems requixr.? Filter your search Keyword.

Barraclough was obviously quite broadly read, and the book is supported by copious citations to works in French and German. The expectation that the new activated classes would simply absorb the literary, artisticand moral standards of the old was contrary to all historical experience. History is only worthwhile, said Victor Kieman in a deceptively self-evident remark, “if there is something to be learned from it.

This cannot excuse, however, the failure of the West to test adequately the Soviet intentions. If existing histories did not provide an understanding of reality what was the good of reading them? contemporabea

Introducción a la historia contemporánea

Barraclough geofffrey not outright deny that revolutionary movements generally were the signs of this radically new contemporary age, however he is more likely to stress the aforementioned revolution within parliamentary democracy writ large. Despite being first publishedits perspective on contemporary history seems no less relevant to how later decades have transpired. The spedfic content of this thesis, and its validity, are of less i n m t here, however, than the way in which it was argued.


It was only inat the Intemational Con-s for Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science, that he called on his- torians to resxamine their traditional mistrust-psychological prejudice, he called it-of theorization, generalization, and the scientific method.

Geoffrey Barraclough: From Historicism to Historical Science

In this and other ways Banadough attempted to counter the notion made popular by such introducion as I3 G. The direct heir of Rome was actually Byzantium and, after the fall of Constan- tinople, Russia had laid claim to the Byzantine imperial and Christian inher- itance.

Mediaeval Germany, Geoffrey Barraclough. The latter e accepted, not because they an? For biographical data, se ContemptmDy Authors But in general, there was an evident tendency for art to degenerate into a mannerism, and for artists and writers to break up into coteries whose thoughts were too esoteric to strike a responsive chord.

Space, Bradley asserted, was only “a relation between terms barrqclough can never be found. These were questions that Barraclough took up in the Stevenson Inaugural Lecture. From Agadir to Armageddon Geoffrey Barraclough. These, he thought, were not merely the result of comtemporanea p a d u a h m or Pas- historicism?

Barraclough takes a skeptical stance towards reformulations of a European-centred historio This dry-sounding pelican book revealed to me a lot of very misleading ideas I had, until finishing it, been labouring under. The data of vontemporanea.

The two greatest imperial powers were also major contributors to liberal thought and practice p. Now it is rather a question of the commune system, a system quite alien to any type of hisroria contemplated elsewhere.

He acknowledged that Russian political, religious, and social development diverged from that of western Europe be tween the eleventh and sixteenth centuries, but vast differenQs also separated Scandinavia and Sicily In the modem era, from the time of Peter the Great, Russia integrated itself with Europe, generating in the process internal cultural tensions that culminated in the great nineteenth-century debate between Slavophils and westemizers.