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Ranke in the lobby of the archive: metaphors and conditions of historical research

Müller, P; (2010) Ranke in the lobby of the archive: metaphors and conditions of historical research. In: Jobs, S and Lüdtke, A, (eds.) Unsettling History: Archiving and Narrating in Historiography. (109 - 125). Campus Verlag: Frankfurt, Germany. Green open access

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Book description: In recent decades, scholars working in postcolonial history have successfully challenged the primacy of Western historiography and its Eurocentric worldview. With Unsettling History, a group of historians extend that challenge to two central components of work in history: archiving and narrating. Archival resources, they argue, despite their air of impartiality, are the product of established interests and subject to various practices of selection, cataloguing, and preservation. Narrating, too, is more complicated than it might at first seem, especially as the range of genres available to the historians for presenting their findings has expanded in recent years.

Type:Book chapter
Title:Ranke in the lobby of the archive: metaphors and conditions of historical research
ISBN-13:9783593388182
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://www.campus.de/wissenschaft/geschichte/Theorie+und+Methoden.40426.html/Unsettling+History.94243.html
Additional information:Full text reproduced here with permission of publisher
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES

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