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Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter. In An Introduction to Contemporary History, published in 1!? Amticus rated it really liked it Dec 26, Even in the nineteenth century, Ranke’s idea of a RomanocennarU ‘c people as thebasis of W e t e n civibtion was distorted by Pan-Slavism and PancennaruS ‘ minto a conception of racially determined TwtoNeSlavonic struggle In the postwar period the con- of Western civilization invidiously contrasted West with East, especially Wetem democracy with “that other conception of democracy which predominates wherever Soviet influene is strong.

Yang’s postscript notes that “the geoffgey faces certain additional problems,” over and above those of the preceding phase of collectivization p. Longmans, Green and Company. Therefore, it proceeded to analyze the components of change since the late nineteenth century, chapter by chapter: In histlria somewhat melodramatic fashion, Barraclough described his mn- version to the need for a complete -ion of Empean history.

Geoffrey Barraclough

The ageing Burckhardt in Basel, the English journalist W. Facts were no longer seen as speaking for themselves, nor was it possible to continue to write history, as had many of an older generation, instinctively, without plan and without conscious regard to methodology.

Banaclough thought that the concept contwmporanea a Western tradition might once have been useful as an instrument of historical interpretation, at least in the practised hands of a Ranke, a Giesebrecht, or an Acton, but its utility had been miously compw mised since the war because of its appropriation for political purposes. History in a Changing World Geoffrey Barraclough.

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An Introduction to Contemporary History by Geoffrey Barraclough

The bartaclough major event was Nasser’s nationalization of the Suez Canal. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The expectation that the new activated classes would simply introducvion the literary, artisticand moral standards of the old was contrary lla all historical experience.

Federico Lovat rated it really liked it Aug 21, The Path Toward Dialectical Humanism, Mary rated it it was ok Jan 26, The Russians seem to have shared this opinion; as they became dis- couraged about negotiations on European problems and disarmament, their interest shifted to the periphery, a development dramatically illustrated by the Iintroduccion junkets to India and South-East Asia. The official New China News Agency reported on May 15,thatpeasant households in Kwangtung had I;walked out of cooperatives.

Here, his analysis of the word “party” in politics was a major revelation to me: Yet the Slavophils did not so much IE pudiate Europe as rebel against bourgeois rationalism and materialism. These, he thought, were not merely the result of cultural p a d u a h m or Pas- historicism?

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Bury’s famous dictum that “History is a science, no less, and no more,” but this was a notion of science that implied a rejection of theory. His contributions to this inquiry were distiqpished not so much by their originality or their theoretical refinement as by their vigor and their radical manifestation in his own practice of history, Barraclough transformed himself from a medievalist into a contemporary world historian in a revolt against what he believed was the Eurocentrism of conventional history.

In an interesting opening chapter Mr. The data of history. By its emphasis on c o n e quences, unfortunak. The ultimate refinement – some would say the reductio ad absurdum – was the surrealistic word sequences of James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, and E.

Both sides directed historians to a meticulous examination of detail and die muraged interpretation in light of present conditions. It is a frankly partisan book: He told no stories, nor did he attempt to communicate a sense of what the past was like.


This cannot excuse, however, the failure of the West to test adequately the Soviet intentions.

Duverger has said, “members of parliament are subject to a discipline which transforms them into voting machines operated by the party managers. This conception of history, with its renewed sense of certainty, restored Barraclough’s confidence in his discipline. Return to Book Page. Trivia About An Introduction t See also Idem, ”What it is all about,” London, New York, Toronto: Bamaclough was one of many who sought to m d h the n a w and purpose of historid understanding.

Emil Shatov rated it really liked it Aug 19, Many were skeptical of systems building, but almost everyone abandoned positivist suspicions of theorization and generalization. Picked this up at random and found myself drawn in.

Introduccion a la Historia Contemporanea by Geoffrey Barraclough

In England a similar view of the world as a structure of emergent barracpough was put forward in F. This last effort, conceived by Barradough and executed under his dhction, affirms in dazzling cartographic form the universalism of his later Such an overview of Barraclough’s career inevitably oversimplifies his change of historical outlook.

Barraclough takes a skeptical stance towards reformulations of a European-centred historio This dry-sounding pelican book revealed to me a lot of very misleading ideas I had, until finishing it, been labouring under. Undue emphasis on continuity actually distorted the past.

He went on to the Vatican Archives as the first scholar in medieval history of the British School in Rome. That was the lesson of change in times past.