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Frontiers of HistoryHistorical Inquiry in the Twentieth Century$
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Donald R. Kelley

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300120622

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300120622.001.0001

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Circumspect and Prospect

Circumspect and Prospect

(p.206) 6 Circumspect and Prospect
Frontiers of History

Donald R. Kelley

Yale University Press

This chapter examines issues concerning the newer “new histories,” interdisciplinary encounters, the “linguistic turn,” the question of the “end of history,” and various other postmodernist ideas. It offers a more personal critique of the state of history at the start of the third millennium within deepening perspectives and expanding horizons. It also discusses personal experiences in historical studies and argues that the idea of an end to history belongs to the philosophy or theology of history and not to historical inquiry.

Keywords:   new histories, interdisciplinary encounters, linguistic turn, end of history, postmodernism, historical studies, historical inquiry

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