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The Annales School: An Intellectual History
A new approach to the study of history emerged in France in the late 1920s around the history journal Annales d'histoire economique et sociale. The Annales school, as it came to be identified, grew to be the preeminent twentieth-century movement in historical scholarship. Its bold agenda of a "total history" embracing all the social sciences captivated historians worldwide ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published January 8th 2009 by Cornell University Press
(first published January 1st 209)
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In my pursuit of a better orientation to the modern academic discipline of history, I thought I would check this out. It was helpful, in a limited way. I skipped a few chapters, because, for my interests, they were far too invested in the specific content of the research of some of the more influential figures in this movement, presupposing a great familiarity with medieval and early modern European (especially French) history. Of particular interest to me was the chapter on Foucault's reception ...more
I have to come back to my review, but for now, while I think reading Burgiere's book is important because it raises some interesting questions about the Annales school and its place within the historical discipline, it's extremely dense and somewhat convoluted. I suspect reading it in French would improve the book dramatically.