Saturday, January 19, 2008

PUB: "Revision in History," HISTORY AND THEORY 46 (2007).

"Revision in History” is the topic for this year’s Theme Issue of History and Theory, just published in December. The issue contains seven essays by distinguished scholars all of whom address questions about the nature, meaning, function, and importance of revision in the practice of history. As these essays vividly show, answering these questions yields deep insights into the nature of history and casts a revealing light on how it is practiced. The collection provides a strong, up-to-date look at a crucial issue in the theory of history. A glance at the table of contents shows the range with which this question is addressed:
  • Gabrielle M. Spiegel, “Revising the Past / Revisiting the Present: How Change Happens in Historiography” (free access to online version available here:;
  • Jonathan Gorman, “The Commonplaces of ‘Revision’ and Their Implications for Historiographical Understanding”;
  • J. D. Braw, “Vision as Revision: Ranke and the Beginning of Modern History”;
  • Marnie Hughes-Warrington, “The ‘Ins’ and ‘Outs’ of History: Revision as Non-Place”;
  • Sheila Fitzpatrick, “Revisionism in Soviet History”;
  • Giorgos Antoniou, “The Lost Atlantis of Objectivity: The Revisionist Struggles between the Academic and Public Spheres”;
  • Ethan Kleinberg, “Haunting History: Deconstruction and the Spirit of Revision”.

Click here to read abstracts of the articles:

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