The Limits of History (Hardback)
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The Limits of History (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 06/01/2004
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Constantin Fasolt explores in this work the idea that history is supremely a political activity. He demonstrates that history presupposes highly political assumptions about free will, responsibility, and the relationship of the past to the present.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226239101
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 237 x 164 x 24 mm


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"In "The Limits of History," Constantin Fasolt engages in traditional history in order to illustrate its limitations. The main subject of his book is Hermann Conring (1606-1681), a German historian who is best known for his argument against both the universality of Roman law and the notion that the Holy Roman Emperor held authority to rule the world. . . . History is more than just a form of knowledge. According to Fasolt, it is designed to uphold the modern belief that humans are free and independent agents and their actions determine the course of the past. . . . Thus, history is a form of self-assertion and is tantamount to taking sides by insisting on a certain order and eliminating rival orders."
-- Amy R. Sims "History Teacher"
"For Constantine Fasolt, the limits of history can be found not by a customary analysis of historical methodology but only by the study of history's foundational event, the historical revolution in the period between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. That revolution was the key force in replacing the world of the Middle Ages dominated by custom, tradition, and universalism with one marked by liberty and its manifestations: the self-assertion, autonomy, and sovereignty of individuals and states. . . . Put simplistically, the medieval and modern worlds are separated by a categorical gap."
--Ernst Breisach "American Historical Review "
"In "The Limits of History", Constantin Fasolt engages in traditional history in order to illustrate its limitations. The main subject of his book is Hermann Conring (1606-1681), a German historian who is best known for his argument against both the universality of Roman law and the notion that the Holy Roman Emperor held authority to rule the world. . . . History is more than just a form of knowledge. According to Fasolt, it is designed to uphold the modern belief that humans are free and independent agents and their actions determine the course of the past. . . . Thus, history is a form of self-assertion and is tantamount to taking sides by insisting on a certain order and eliminating rival orders."
--Amy R. Sims "History Teacher "
""The Limits of History" is a work of stunning originality. This is intellectual history of the highest order."

--Allan Megill, University of Virginia
In "The Limits of History," Constantin Fasolt engages in traditional history in order to illustrate its limitations. The main subject of his book is Hermann Conring (1606-1681), a German historian who is best known for his argument against both the universality of Roman law and the notion that the Holy Roman Emperor held authority to rule the world. . . . History is more than just a form of knowledge. According to Fasolt, it is designed to uphold the modern belief that humans are free and independent agents and their actions determine the course of the past. . . . Thus, history is a form of self-assertion and is tantamount to taking sides by insisting on a certain order and eliminating rival orders.
--Amy R. Sims "History Teacher ""
For Constantine Fasolt, the limits of history can be found not by a customary analysis of historical methodology but only by the study of history s foundational event, the historical revolution in the period between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. That revolution was the key force in replacing the world of the Middle Ages dominated by custom, tradition, and universalism with one marked by liberty and its manifestations: the self-assertion, autonomy, and sovereignty of individuals and states. . . . Put simplistically, the medieval and modern worlds are separated by a categorical gap.
--Ernst Breisach "American Historical Review ""
"The Limits of History" is a work of stunning originality. This is intellectual history of the highest order.
--Allan Megill, University of Virginia"

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