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On the Future of History: The Postmodernist Challenge and Its Aftermath

Ernst Breisach


What does postmodernism mean for the future of history? Can one still write history in postmodernity? To answer questions such as these, this book provides an overview of postmodernism and its complex relationship to history and historiography. Placing postmodern theories in their intellectual and historical contexts, the book shows how they are part of broad developments in Western culture. The book sees postmodernism as neither just a fad nor a universal remedy. It presents and critically evaluates the major views on history held by influential postmodernists, such as Derrida, Foucault, Lyot ... More

Keywords: postmodernism, history, historiography, Western culture, Derrida, Foucault, Lyotard, cultural history, microhistory

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226072791
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226072814.001.0001


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Ernst Breisach, author

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Part I A Preliminary Exploration of the Postmodernist Challenge

Part 2 Postmodernity as the Triumph of Continuity: Structural Postmodernism

Part 3 Postmodernity as the Age of Dominant Change: Poststructuralist Postmodernism

Part 4 Poststructuralist Postmodernism and the Reshaping of Society