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From History to Theory

Kerwin LeeKlein


This book describes major changes in the conceptual language of the humanities, particularly in the discourse of history. The chapters trace the development of academic vocabularies through the dynamically shifting cultural, political, and linguistic landscapes of the twentieth century. It considers the rise and fall of the “philosophy of history” and discusses past attempts to imbue historical discourse with scientific precision. The book explores the development of the “meta-narrative” and the post-Marxist view of history and shows how the present resurgence of old words—such as “memory”—in ... More

Keywords: conceptual language, humanities, academic vocabularies, philosophy of history, historical discourse, scientific precision, memory, marginalized peoples, American society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520268814
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268814.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kerwin LeeKlein, author