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Early Modern Europe: Beyond the Strictures of Modernization and National Historiography

Duindam, Jeroen Cole, Laurence (Editor) ; Ther, Philipp (Editor) ; Riall, Lucy (Editor)

European History Quarterly, October 2010, Vol.40(4), pp.606-623 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Early Modern Europe: Beyond the Strictures of Modernization and National Historiography
  • Autor: Duindam, Jeroen
  • Cole, Laurence (Editor) ; Ther, Philipp (Editor) ; Riall, Lucy (Editor)
  • Assuntos: Early Modern ; National State ; Modernization ; Historiography ; History & Archaeology
  • É parte de: European History Quarterly, October 2010, Vol.40(4), pp.606-623
  • Descrição: This paper examines the particulars of ‘early modern’ as well as ‘European’ political history in terms of chronological and spatial divides. Most political historians of early modern Europe and its component states are far removed from classic teleological approaches based on national state formation and modernization. On the whole, however, a pragmatic national orientation of research based on the proximity of sources and the language capabilities of researchers remains strong, even if it is combined with transnational conceptual gestures. Moreover, the demands of specialized historical research lead to concentration on relatively brief periods: only rarely do we find research reaching from the sixteenth into the eighteenth century. In consequence, while well-worn conventional divides in time as well as in space have few staunch advocates, they tenaciously remain in place. The political history of European states, full of untested reputations, needs a comparative perspective. This will work only if it is based on symmetrical comparison and analysis of primary sources: comparison founded on secondary literature threatens to reinforce national clichés. European history, finally, finds its place only in contrast with other variants of global history. A global comparative perspective presents daunting challenges for researchers, but it is an inevitable and necessary component of the reassessment of European history, modernization, and period labels.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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