Apologia della storia o Mestiere di storico
Wow. It would be impossible not to respect Marc Bloch. Though this...more
This is an excellent little text that addresses how historians approach their profession. It is written informally and covers the process of thinking and writing historically--everything from defining what the aims of history can be, to using and evaluating bias in evidence, encouraging...more
Bloch expands upon this departure from positivism, attributing the theory’s shortcoming to the human element in history. To determine the cause of a regime change, we cannot use the same formulaic precision as a mathematician would use to solve a proof. “Where calculation is impossible we are obliged to employ suggestion.” In rejecting a completely scientific approach to analyzing history, both Bloch and Carr inherently admit to a degree of uncertainty in any historical wor...more
This is a remarkable little book that should be read by anyone in the social sciences since the methodology transcends.
Marc Bloch takes the stand point that history should be like a science and tries to write out his methods as best he could. This method is heavy on the analysis of the primary documents and treating them a evidence.
Was nonchalant about areas that lack evidence. Believed that it is not worth putting thought into them and chalking them up as lost. But seem to be an avid believer that new evidence and types of evidence could be found, and should be used.