2010-09-14 -- Historiography I (1)

2010-09-14 -- Historiography I (1) - Historiography I...

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Historiography I History 300 Prof. November 9/14/2010
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The Hegelian Dialectic G.W. Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) History can be reduced to a dialectic Two sides of dialectic will synthesize to a stable, usually beneficial medium e.g. Thesis vs. Antithesis Synthesis e.g Feudal Lords vs. Peasants City Life (new thesis)
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The Marxian Dialectic Historical/dialectical materialism Dialectic: Thesis vs. Antithesis ascension of one side over the other There is no synthesis Struggle over means of production Individuals act on their class interests
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Marxian Interpretations History as class struggle Not much material for pre-modern history Modern history: interests vs. proletariat Who’s a proletarian? Anyone who is alienated from their means of production Anyone who is compensated for time Example of Industrial Britain
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Marxists as Historians V.I. Lenin’s application of Marx’s historical examinations to governance Stalin’s forced adoption of Diamat History as class struggle People vs. Interests Howard Zinn,
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