Empathy is undoubtedly a good thing, right? Barack Obama certainly thought so. He declared before and during his presidency that America’s federal deficit was less of a problem than its…
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History is made. Public history must therefore deal with the product-oriented practices of historiography. A cornerstone of a research-oriented public history could be the introduction of “history types” as an analytical concept.
Two months ago the controversial and highly influential historical theorist Hayden White passed away. While his work has principally been debated in historical theory circles, his final work suggests ‘practical’ possibilities for public history
Paradoxically, relativity or relativism is often presented in an absolutist manner, as the proposition that nothing is true, and as a credo in which all is to be doubted apart from doubt itself….
Leaps, travels, concepts, histories, and layers of time – the so-called Temporal Turn reminds us, at least, of the non-naturality of our everyday time practices. Which consequences result from that for history teaching and our research questions?
For Western historiography and with it the descriptive parts of history textbooks have to be sine ira et studio nowadays. Value neutrality is a necessary prerequisite for history as a science.
How shall we articulate a concept of plausibility of historical narratives as a way to assess their adequacy? Jörn Rüsen offers a starting point with his definition of ‘Triftigkeit’.
“Dear teacher, now just tell us how it really happened!” This question that students may ask makes us hesitate. How should we, teachers and historians, deal with objectivity, reality and truth?