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How to make sense of the past – salient issues of Metahistory

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dc.contributor.author Rüsen, Jörn
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-28T09:53:16Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-28T09:53:16Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation RÜSEN, J. 2007. How to make sense of the past – salient issues of Metahistory. TD: The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 3(1):169-221, Jul. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/3605] en
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/4014
dc.description.abstract This aerticle provides an overview of current issues in metahistoty. Basic categories of historical thinking, such as memory and historical culture, or historical consciousness, are outlined and contextualised in the field of historical studies. The leading question adresses the process of historical sense generation and its fundamental principles and criteria. In respnse to the traumatic historical experiences of crimes against humanitiy in the 20th century two culturally established procedures of sense generation are applied to historical thinking: mourning and forgiving. The author tries to widen the horizon of historical thinking into the dimension of intercultural communication. In the process he responds to the challenge of globilization. There is an accent on the need to pursue new approaches in history. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Metahistory en
dc.subject Sense generation en
dc.subject Historical consciousness en
dc.subject Holocaust en
dc.subject Trauma en
dc.subject Mourning and forgiving en
dc.subject Globalisation en
dc.subject Intercultural communication en
dc.title How to make sense of the past – salient issues of Metahistory en
dc.type Article en


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