In White’s view, beyond the surface level of the historical text, there is a deep structural, or latent, content that is generally poetic and Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Front Cover ยท Hayden White . Since its initial publication in , Hayden White’s Metahistory has remained an essential book for understanding the nature of historical. Title, Metahistory: the historical imagination in nineteenth-century Europe / Hayden White. Author, White, Hayden V., Extent, dpi TIFF G4 page images.

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Metahistory: the historical imagination in nineteenth-century Europe

According to White the historian begins his work by constituting a chronicle of events which is to be organized into a coherent story. And if history does anything, it instructs us well of that. Open Preview See a Problem? Michael Ermarth; Hayden White. Does he present the historical events at hand as Romance, Tragedy, Comedy or Satire?

These are the two preliminary steps before processing the material into a plot which is argumented as to express an ideology.

The apparatus White is using is confusing at times and I don’t think his theoretical world corresponds to the actual analysis he is doing of the historical and philosophical texts. Furthermore, as White postulates in Metahistory: Sep 17, Michael rated it liked it Recommends it for: And a good portion of these eight authors did not believe the march of history was necessarily toward something good or better.


Citing articles via Google Scholar. Don’t know if i remember any of it either. Nov 07, Klay Kubiak rated it it was amazing.

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In any event, I certainly fall on the withdrawn side of things – as, it turns out, did Jacob Burckhardt. As I wholeheartedly believe this correlation between the 19th century and the early 21st century, and as I too have studied history hoping to learn some “truths” of humanity, I was thrilled when White repeatedly found each of his eight authors grappling with a central conundrum, with which I struggle daily – action versus withdrawal.

And we are not even particularly kind or virtuous dust motes. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Among the main types of Ideology White adopts anarchyconservatismradicalism and liberalism.

Metahistory: the historical imagination in nineteenth-century Europe

Allen Severino rated it really liked it Aug 03, White received his B. Most users should sign in with their email address. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

The larger context of eugope and writing in nineteenth-cenntury is also considered. User Review – Flag as inappropriate To sum up in one sentence; you find – and write – what you’re looking for. And of course – it helped me a lot in my studies: If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.

In this way, the operative trope of a work of history would necessarily characterize its subject in a certain fashion, whether the trope were metagistory chosen or subconsciously employed. His main argument that historiography has thus far only been literary representations of past events that just like other literature can be categorized can only be regarded as close to the truth; yet, the consequences While some parts are really hard to read, other parts are quite fun and I love White’s ironical and sometimes almost taunting writing.


The book was started, stopped, re-started, etc. White examined the works of G.

This, at least, led them to view themselves as being as potentially flawed as the cripples they conceived to be acting out the spectacle of history. White’s typology of historical relations lists Irony, Metonymy, Metaphor and Synecdoche as four paradigms. This is not really necessary because examining specific lines of text is beyond the scope of this assignment.

Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe

Thus the historical work is “a verbal structure in the form of a narrative prose discourse that purports to be a model, or icon, of past structures and processes in the interest of explaining what they were by representing them”.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Back to 9 That said, there are many postmodernists that do deserve this tag, although here is not the place to enunciate names.