- Title Pages
- A Prefatory and Introductory Note
- 1 A Look at Terms and Issues
- 2 An Adversarial Image of Modernity
- 3 The Postmodern Moment
- 4 At the Core of the Postmodernist Challenge to History
- 5 Two Versions of the Postmodernist Future
- 6 The Project of a Postmodernist Theory of History
- 7 Postmodernism's Emergence in an Unlikely Setting
- 8 An Early Redefinition of Progress's Destination
- 9 Views with Postmodernist Affinities
- 10 The First Twentieth-Century Postmodernist: Alexandre Kojève
- 11 The Flourishing of Structural Postmodernism (1945–65)
- 12 The Fading of Structural Postmodernism and a Triumphal Exception: Francis Fukuyama
- 13 Insights and Problems
- 14 A Prelude to Poststructuralist Postmodernism
- 15 Narrativist History in the Poststructuralist Mode
- 16 In the Eye of the Storm: The Poststructuralist Postmodernist Concept of Truth
- 17 The Metanarrative Controversy
- 18 Poststructuralist Postmodernists on the Individual and the Utility of History
- 19 What Kind of Marxism in Postmodernity?
- 20 Postmodernism and Feminist History
- Part 5 Concluding Observations
- Select Bibliography
- General Works
- Publications Focusing On Structural Postmodernism
- Publications Concerning Poststructuralist Postmodernism
- Poststructuralist Postmodernism: Spur to the New and Challenge to the Established in History
A Look at Terms and Issues
A Look at Terms and Issues
- (p.3) 1 A Look at Terms and Issues
- On the Future of History
- University of Chicago Press
In the decades leading up to the twenty-first century, scholars engaged in a postmodernism discourse that abounded with warnings about a crisis of, or challenge to, modernity and its views on history. A look backward to the last turn of a century revealed a debate among scholars filled with warnings of a crisis in historiography. In the late 1800s, Carl L. Becker and Henri Berr worried about the viability of history in light of what they saw as the more rapid modernization of the social sciences. They would be joined by Frederick Jackson Turner, James Harvey Robinson, and Karl Lamprecht in calling for and pioneering a New History. Their ideas, joined with those of historians who followed the pioneers, would supply the primary matrix for twentieth-century historiography. While these innovators and their successors would set different specific directions in their works, they all wished to change the ways of “doing history” toward what they considered a modern historical understanding.
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