The Traditional Forms of the “History of the Present” from Herodotus to Humanist Historians

História da Historiografia: International Journal of Theory and History of Historiography

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Title The Traditional Forms of the “History of the Present” from Herodotus to Humanist Historians
The Traditional Forms of the “History of the Present” from Herodotus to Humanist Historians
 
Creator Pasamar, Gonzalo
 
Subject History of present time; Historia magistra vitae; Cultural memory
Historia del tiempo presente; Historia magistra vitae; Memoria
História do tempo presente; Historia magistra vitae; Memória
 
Description The present article revolves around the interest in contemporary history from ancient writers to humanist historians. Its objective, which forms part of a broader purpose devoted to elucidating the characteristics of the so-called History of the Present, is to examine the forms this interest has traditionally adopted. In this way, we put for consideration the following hypothesis: from classical historians onwards, the concern with contemporary history was always considered a hard and inevitable task to be undertaken, since it affected rulers and living people. Nevertheless, the long-standing doctrine of history as memory of events for centuries had prevented historians from facing paradoxes that result from the interest in contemporary past; in other words, how can historians confront the political uses, memories and demands of public opinion to deal with the recent past without jeopardizing historical truth?
The present article revolves around the interest in contemporary history from ancient writers to humanist historians. Its objective, which forms part of a broader purpose devoted to elucidating the characteristics of the so-called History of the Present, is to examine the forms this interest has traditionally adopted. In this way, we put for consideration the following hypothesis: from classical historians onwards, concern with contemporary history was always considered a hard and inevitable task to be undertaken, since it affected rulers and living people. Nevertheless, the long-standing doctrine of history as memory of events for centuries prevented historians from facing paradoxes that interest in contemporary past implies, that is: how can historians confront the political uses, memories and demands of public opinion to deal with the recent past without jeopardizing historical truth?
 
Publisher Sociedade Brasileira de Teoria e História da Historiografia
 
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Date 2012-11-16
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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Identifier https://www.historiadahistoriografia.com.br/revista/article/view/463
10.15848/hh.v0i10.463
 
Source História da Historiografia: International Journal of Theory and History of Historiography; v. 5, n. 10 (2012); 165-182
História da Historiografia: International Journal of Theory and History of Historiography; v. 5, n. 10 (2012); 165-182
História da Historiografia: International Journal of Theory and History of Historiography; v. 5, n. 10 (2012); 165-182
1983-9928
 
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Relation https://www.historiadahistoriografia.com.br/revista/article/view/463/317
 

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