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Da quasi cinquant'anni l'Apologia della storia viene letta e riletta: scienza degli uomini nel tempo, comprendere il presente mediante il passato, comprendere il passato mediante il presente - questa è la storia, secondo gli insegnamenti piú noti di Marc Bloch. La sua (è stato detto) non è una filosofia della storia, ma il memento di un artigiano, che narra come e perché l ...more
Paperback, Biblioteca Einaudi, 166 pages
Published 1998 by Einaudi (first published 1949)
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Valerie Shearer There is no simple answer . . but here are a few of my thoughts.
Marc Bloch's son had asked him, "Why History?"
Bloch answered his son with this book -…more
There is no simple answer . . but here are a few of my thoughts.
Marc Bloch's son had asked him, "Why History?"
Bloch answered his son with this book - he wrote sitting in a Nazi prison.
He wrote apologetically at time because he did not have his notes; he wrote from memory. History is memory - the "official" memory of a state or the private memories of individuals. We all have a history that is based on memory; the recordings of others; public monuments as places of memory. At the end of his life, deprived o this notes, Marc Bloch had only his own memory to write; at times he falters because he is unsure; he apologizes because he does not have his notes but he leaves this to us to understand why history matters.
Of all of the books on the theory of history, Marc Bloch's thin volume is simply the most poignant, stirring and inspiring. Soon after he began this book he was murdered by the Nazis who held him. A great loss for all of us. But at the same time, he gave us this beautiful book as a guide.
A basic book for any one who would like to study the art and craft of history. Since his death, many historians and anthropologists have addressed the question about history and memory; but for me, this book is the one that struck a chord.
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Kate
I turned to the back of the book to read the author's credentials, expecting the usual Oxbridge/Ivy League pedigree and litany of awards. Instead I was shocked to learn that Marc Bloch had been tortured and killed by Nazis. Here was a historian who joined the French Resistance rather than escape while he could. He penned this meditation on the nature of history as a Jew in occupied France, without the aid of an academic library.

Wow. It would be impossible not to respect Marc Bloch. Though this
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Nelson
Dec 26, 2010 Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone should write a book about people writing books away from their libraries. A passel of them owing to war, WWII in this case (and, I think, in the case of Auerbach's Mimesis); others to distance or remote location (Empson in China). There is something ballsy about saying 'here's my opus--I wrote it from memory since the Nazis blew up my books, the indigenous population cooked them in a stew, the sherpa dropped them in a crevasse...' Anyhoo. Bloch's book is a more elegant, less systematic v ...more
Mark Bowles
Aug 30, 2014 Mark Bowles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* Introduction
* What is the use of history? What is the legitimacy of history?
* There is an entertainment value to history
* History can help to integrate fragments of knowledge into a unified whole, synthesis
* History, Men and Time: This chapter defines history
* This book accepts a broad interpretation of the word history--inquiry
* The object or history or inquiry is man
* History is further defined by calling it the study of men in time
* The present effects the knowledge of the past, as does the
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Domenico
Il famoso saggio di Bloch, sul quale si sono formate generazioni di studenti, esamina il problema spinoso della ricerca storica e dei suoi metodi. Una buona ricerca non deve solo prendere in esame il passato, ma anche il presente da cui prendere le mosse. Nell'analisi di un'epoca storica è opportuno spostarsi dal passato verso il presente o viceversa? Per il grande storico francese sarebbe meglio procedere a ritroso, dal più conosciuto al meno conosciuto, onde evitare che, procedendo al contrari ...more
Marc
Aug 31, 2015 Marc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historiography
Deze Nederlandse editie van Marc Bloch’s Apologie pour l’Histoire is uitzonderlijk, vooral omdat het een grondig aangepaste teksteditie is, voorzien van een degelijke inleiding en begeleid door een notenapparaat dat onduidelijkheden toelicht en stellingen van Bloch in zijn context zet en met bibliografische verwijzingen ondersteunt; tenslotte zijn ook nog aanvullende teksten van Lucien Febvre en Bloch zelf toegevoegd.
Ik was enkele maanden geleden al eens begonnen aan een oude Franse editie, maa
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Dan Beaver
Feb 24, 2014 Dan Beaver rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Second reading of this book; placed here because I really don't remember when I read it first.

This is a remarkable little book that should be read by anyone in the social sciences since the methodology transcends.
DoctorM
A 20th-c. classic, and a book that's been on my shelves since I was an undergraduate. A fine read by a fine scholar, and essential reading for anyone preparing to do History as a profession.
Marta
Jan 09, 2015 Marta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, nonfiction
This is the best book on historiography that I've ever read. So good. I kept muttering "yes! yes!" to myself while reading.
Marcelo Melo
Sep 23, 2013 Marcelo Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Figura no melhor que me já chegou às mãos.
Sara
Read for school.
Shreedhar Manek
I read about 100 pages of The Historian's Craft.

I read it on a professor's recommendation.

While there is nothing wrong with the book itself content wise, I just couldn't get through because it was such a boring read. And difficult. And boring. Maybe both.

I might get back to it sometime again in the future. For now, I'll stick to other readings.
Alice
Marc Bloch's "The Historian's Craft" is a necessary read for anyone even considering becoming a historian. It details in a thoughtful and comprehensive way the limitations and difficulties of bridging that gap between the dead and the living.

A truly masterful work by an experienced and equally amazing author, "The Historian's Craft" is at once educational and a reflection on historiography.
Nicole
Nov 24, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it
Un libro molto diverso da quello che è il mio genere, ma l'ho trovato estremamente interessante e delucidante.
Mariana
Jan 12, 2017 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy interesante.
Jo
Jan 02, 2017 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating insight and overview of historiography. Fairly concise and interesting; I particularly enjoyed the first two sections, though later on the discussion of historical criticism was of less interest to me. Excellent for anyone looking into historiography, especially anyone with an interest in Marc Bloch as a historian.
Jackson Cyril
A bit dated now (Bloch was murdered by the Nazis and never got to finish it); and his historical examples might fly above the heads of those unacquainted with Medieval Europe, but a remarkable testament to what the profession of history is and how one practices it by a historian whose merits are second to none.
Gerardo
Feb 07, 2016 Gerardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storia
E' un testo di una chiarezza illuminante, accessibile a tutti.

Di fatto, è un manuale che sintetizza tutti gli strumenti dello storico. Ma, più in profondità, racchiude una sua grande saggezza.

Prima di tutto, sottolinea un fatto mai scontato: quel che accade appartiene alla dimensione umana. La storia non è qualcosa di oggettivo, ma qualcosa che prevede in sé tutta la mutevolezza umana: menzogne, alterazioni, punti di vista marcati, culture diverse, tutto contribuisce a rendere sempre parziali
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Aleksejs Miščuks
A must read for everyone interested in history science.
Pat
Jun 08, 2016 Pat rated it it was amazing
“Le cause in storia non si suppongono. Si cercano”
Bloch sospese la stesura di “Apologia della storia” per unirsi al movimento di Resistenza Franc-tireur, scelta che gli costò la fucilazione per mano dei nazisti il 16 giugno 1944. Il libro uscì, incompiuto, nel 1949 grazie al suo amico e compagno di studi Lucien Febvre.
 
Cos’è la Storia? Bloch afferma che è la scienza degli uomini nel tempo. “Lo storico non pensa solo "umano". L'aria in cui il suo pensiero naturalmente respira è la categoria del
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Pat
Jun 13, 2016 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Le cause in storia non si suppongono. Si cercano” .

Bloch sospese la stesura di “Apologia della storia” per unirsi al movimento di Resistenza Franc-tireur, scelta che gli costò la fucilazione per mano dei nazisti il 16 giugno 1944.
Il libro uscì, incompiuto, nel 1949 grazie al suo amico e compagno di studi Lucien Febvre.

Cos’è la Storia? Bloch afferma che è la scienza degli uomini nel tempo.
“Lo storico non pensa solo "umano". L'aria in cui il suo pensiero naturalmente respira è la categoria dell
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Jessica
Jan 01, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some scholars possess the ability to be quietly brilliant, conveying ideas and information in an conversational but comprehensive style. Marc Bloch is the rare individual who translates that skill to his writing.

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
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Sense of  History
This book offers a reflection on some fundamental aspects of the historical profession, with valuable insights. But it is rather unsystematic, and clearly unfinished. Especially his assertion that sources, or traces as he calls them, are more useful as indirect witnesses, namely to extract things out of them there that were not intended by the witness, is a bit too extreme. This is true in the field of mental history (histoire des mentalités), but it neglects a very wide domain of the historical ...more
Davide Ferrari
Un libro fondamentale per qualsiasi studente o studioso di storia; in esso si evidenza il metodo storico, ad oggi predominante, canonizzato da uno dei più grandi storici e pensatori del '900 europeo. Tuttavia "L'apologia" di M.Bloch è un libro complicato, di difficile comprensione, soprattutto se non si è avvezzi al linguaggio storiografico. La difficoltà della lettura non risiede solo in questo; infatti il lavoro di March Bloch non era pensato per la pubblicazione; in esso si scorgono più che n ...more
James
May 22, 2012 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are at all interested in learning how historians find out about the past, what problems they encounter and how they can and do make decision about what to include and what not, this is a must read. The author was killed by the Nazi in WWII as member of the French resistance, which left this book unfinished. However, it is still a monumental work. It's easy to read, but still contains huge amount of useful and pertinent information without the "academic rhetoric" that is so common among sc ...more
Jackie
Jun 14, 2010 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excerpt from my essay:

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
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Essie
May 21, 2015 Essie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-history
This book is a must for anyone serious about studying history. In spite of its age, it's still very relevant. This would have been a useful book to have read before blundering my way through my MA. It's a fairly easy to read, well articulated reflection on a lot of the major problems historians deal with on a regular basis. All of these topics - word choices, critical analysis, observation, causation, etc. - are ones that you're already expected to be fairly comfortable with but that are hard to ...more
Adrian  Borjas
May 20, 2016 Adrian Borjas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro de lectura casi obligatoria para todo el que quiera dedicarse a la carrera de Historia. También útil para los aficionados de la Historia, ya que les da un buen esbozo sobre el trabajo de historiar. Un libro que es bastante significativo si se toma en cuenta el contexto en el que Marc Bloch lo escribió, en pleno cautiverio con los nazis, sin saber que mas tarde conseguiría la muerte; es por lo tanto que esta obra representa el legado de uno de los mejores historiadores, uno de los pioner ...more
Eric Pecile
Oct 13, 2015 Eric Pecile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark Bloch, one of the founding figures of annales history presents in this masterpiece of historical philosophy the nuances and difficulties of the historian's trade. From difficulties in terminology, sourcing and method Bloch firmly defines what it is to write history: the scientific study of past human behavior from all perspectives. If you are looking to become a historical writer or pursue the field academically or even refute some post-modernist dribble this is the book you have to read.
icaro
L'ho letto, l'ho riletto, l'ho criticato, l'ho rivoltato come un calzino (notare l'usura della copertina scannerizzata).
Non si allontana mai dalla mia vista. E' come un vecchio nonno saggio che, con grande semplicità, al bisogno, mi ricorda il rigore di un mestiere difficile.
Ma non è un testo per addetti ai lavori. E' per chi ama interrogarsi sullo scorrere del tempo e sul posto che ciascuno di noi vi occupa. E' una delle migliori illustrazioni che io conosca di ciò che afferma anche il mitico F
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Marc
Bloch defends in this booklet the these that history is a science, albeit with its own methodology and with the limited expectations that you may impose on all human sciences. A somewhat ambiguous position this is, in the then (mid-20th century) still furious discussion with positivism. The booklet contains many valuable insights, but the meandering style makes the reading (in French) not easy; in defense of Bloch: he wrote this in captivity in 1942-43, without access to a library. To reread.
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Marc Léopold Benjamin Bloch (6 July 1886 in Lyon – 16 June 1944 in Saint-Didier-de-Formans) was a medieval historian, University Professor and French Army officer. Bloch was a founder of the Annales School, best known for his pioneering studies French Rural History and Feudal Society and his posthumously-published unfinished meditation on the writing of history, The Historian's Craft. He was captu ...more
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