By Sorin Antohi, Balazs Trencsenyi, Peter Apor

The 1st paintings to hide post-Communist advancements in old reviews in six jap eu international locations (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, and Bulgaria) from a comparative and demanding viewpoint, written through students from the area itself. it's a development block for students of the heritage of ecu and worldwide old reviews, and an invaluable pedagogical device for periods at the historical past of ancient reports. each one person bankruptcy is in itself a advisor to additional learn via a wealth of precise notes and references.

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Ultimately we have to analyze all of these elements if we want to understand a text in the multiplicity of its referential systems. Along these lines, in the last decade, there were some promising attempts in Hungarian historiography, undertaking the reception of recent “Western” methodological innovations and their application to local materials. Concerning the methodological canons of intellectual history, there were at least three markedly different directions of reception. The most prominent ones were the following: the so-called “Cambridge school,” German Begriffsgeschichte and Diskursanalyse, and the French post-structuralist thematization of discursivity.

3. ’ In the atmosphere of the democratic transformation, it seemed that ‘social history’ possessed the potential of finally posing those relevant questions that the previous politically oriented scholarship was unable to formulate. It is worth considering that, in the 1990 issues of historical journals, social history already represented around one third of the publications, in spite of the still prevailing dominance of political history, which made up around one half of the articles. This breakthrough of social history in the early 1990s was not a new-fangled phenomenon.

Thus, one could argue that the quest for autonomy in medieval studies began as a turn towards social history as well. Nonetheless, the breakthrough of medieval history conveyed a counter-ideological meaning in itself. Since the sub-discipline was often defined as a bourgeois nationalistic approach par excellence, medieval studies went through a considerable decline in the 1950–60s. The resurrection of an independent and powerful medieval studies signaled a return to pre-Communist Hungarian historiographical traditions, since the investigation of social problems in the Middle Ages was one of the leading fields of the scholarship before the Communist takeover.

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