Historians and theory: A comment - Remarks on the papers presented at the session 'The Politics of History', Theory and Historiography Network, Fifth European Social Science History Conference, Humboldt University, Berlin, March 2004

TitleHistorians and theory: A comment - Remarks on the papers presented at the session 'The Politics of History', Theory and Historiography Network, Fifth European Social Science History Conference, Humboldt University, Berlin, March 2004
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsSmith, A
JournalRETHINKING HISTORY
Volume9
Pagination485-490
ISBN Number1364-2529
KeywordsHegemony, History, ideology, PSYCHOLOGY, theoretical self-awareness, theory
Abstract

This comment summarizes the papers delivered by Oliver Daddow, Patrick Finney, Charles Johnson, and Alan Munslow at the session 'The Politics of History' sponsored by the Theory and Historiography Network, European Social Science History Conference, Berlin, March 2004. It notes the papers' emphasis on historians' lack of theoretical self-consciousness, accepts their attribution of much of the responsibility for this to the institutional environment in which those historians function, and suggests that psychological factors-particularly of the sort William James elucidated in his celebrated discussion of the relationship between temperament and intellectual style-need to be looked at as well.