David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
History and Theory 38 (1):67–83 (1999)
Rather than reflect on the process of an alleged "modernization" of historical scholarship, an intercultural comparison of historiography should take the European origins of academic history as its starting point. The reason, as this article argues, is that in non-European countries the European genealogy of the discipline of history continued to structure interpretations of the past. Both on the level of method, but more importantly on the level of interpretive strategies, "Europe" remained the yardstick for historiographical explanation. This article will use the example of postwar Japanese historiography to show that historians resorted to a European model in order to turn seemingly unconnected events in the Japanese past into a historical narrative. This is not to imply, however, that Japanese historiography passively relied on concepts from Western discourse. On the contrary, Japanese historians appropriated and transformed the elements of this discourse in the specific geopolitical setting of the 1940s and 1950s. This act of appropriation served the political purpose of positioning Japan with respect to Asia and the "West." However, on an epistemological level, the priority of "Europe" persisted; Japanese historiography remained a "derivative discourse." Studies in comparative historiography, therefore, should be attentive to these traces of the European descent of academic history and privilege the transnational history of historiography over meditations on its internal rationalization
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Claire Norton (ed.) (2007). Nationalism, Historiography, and the (Re)Construction of the Past. New Academia Pub..
Douwe Tiemersma & Henk Oosterling (eds.) (1996). Time and Temporality in Intercultural Perspective. Rodopi.
Yukio Wakamatsu (1999). A Citizens' Conference on Gene Therapy in Japan: A Feasibility Study of the Consensus Conference Method in Japan. [REVIEW] AI and Society 13 (1-2):22-43.
Makoto Nakada & Takanori Tamura (2005). Japanese Conceptions of Privacy: An Intercultural Perspective. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 7 (1):27-36.
Rafael Capurro (2005). Privacy. An Intercultural Perspective. Ethics and Information Technology 7 (1):37-47.
Aug Nishizaka (1995). The Interactive Constitution of Interculturality: How to Be a Japanese with Words. [REVIEW] Human Studies 18 (2-3):301 - 326.
Ronald Edmund Doel & Thomas Söderqvist (eds.) (2006). The Historiography of Contemporary Science, Technology, and Medicine: Writing Recent Science. Routledge.
Jeremy C. A. Smith (2002). Theories of State Formation and Civilisation in Johann P.Arnason and Shmuel Eisenstadt's Comparative Sociologies of Japan. Critical Horizons 3 (2):225-251.
Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer, Achim Mittag & Jörn Rüsen (eds.) (2005). Historical Truth, Historical Criticism, and Ideology: Chinese Historiography and Historical Culture From a New Comparative Perspective. Brill.
Chris Lorenz (1999). Comparative Historiography: Problems and Perspectives. History and Theory 38 (1):25–39.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads10 ( #337,022 of 1,907,520 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #464,819 of 1,907,520 )
How can I increase my downloads?