Wie weiter mit – Marc Bloch?

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The French historian Marc Bloch is one of the authors most frequently cited in the humanities around the world. This immense influence is founded on both scholarly and biographical grounds. As one of the founders of a modern history of society and mentality ("Annales School"), as a historical theoretician, and a critical intellectual who was murdered by the Gestapo in 1944, Bloch has become an inspiration and model for several generations of researchers working in a wide range of scientific fields and from a variety of political perspectives. But sometimes this veneration leads to a transfiguration or a misleading actualisation, which does not fit to this rigorous thinker. Because the history for which Bloch was fighting for and which he practiced himself seems today quite outdated: social and economic history instead of biography and cultural history, methodological rigorism instead of intuition and essayism. Therefore a "return to Marc Bloch" (Jacques Le Goff) would rather lead to a calling into question of contemporary tendencies of history than to a satisfied "good continuation!" But in any case a close reading of Marc Bloch opens new perspectives or a non-conformist history of today.
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Aus: Sozial.Geschichte online 1 / 2009