Social history and conceptual history

  • Reinhart Koselleck
History as Social Process: Theory and Praxis


Social Psychology Social History Political Psychology Conceptual History 
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Reference Notes

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    H. G. Meier, “Begriffsgeschichte” (“Conceptual History”), inHist. Wb. Phil. 1, Sp. 788–808.Google Scholar
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    Leipzig 1879, ND Hildesheim 1964.Google Scholar
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    Bruenn Munich Vienna, p. XI.Google Scholar
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    About this compare Werner Conze, “Zur Gruendung des Arbeitskreises fuer moderne Sozialgeschichte” (“On the Foundation of a Study Group for Modern Social History”), in:Hamburger Jahrbuch fuer Wirtschafts- und Gesellschaftspolitik (Hamburg Yearbook for Economic and Social Policy), 24 Jg. 1979,Festgabe fuer Karl Jantke (Gift Presentation for Karl Jantke), pp. 23–32. Conze himself preferred the term “structural history” in order to avoid use of the word “social,” being close to the delimitation of “social questions.” Otto Brunner was happy to adopt the term “structural history” in order to avoid the temporally conditioned determination of a “folk history” which from his theoretical start as early as 1939 tended towards structures. For this, compare the 2nd edition ofLand und Herrschaft (Land and Domination), 1942, p. 194 with the fourth, revised edition, Wien-Wiesbaden, p. 164: A good example for showing that politically conditioned interests of knowledge could lead to theoretically and methodologically new insights which outlast their initial situation.Google Scholar
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    For this Hayden White,Tropics of Discourse, Baltimore and London 1982, 2nd edition, German translation, Stuttgart 1986.Google Scholar
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    For this compare Dieter Schwab, “Familie” (“Family”), in:Geschichtliche Grundbegriffe (Fundamental Historical Concepts), compiled by Otto Brunner et al. Stuttgart 1975, Vol. 2, pp. 271–301 and Edeltraud Kapl-Blume,Liebe im Lexikon (Love in the Dictionary), MA thesis, Bielefeld 1986.Google Scholar
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    One may refer to the following books for the state of research in conceptual history: Eugenio Coseriu,Synchronie, Diachronie und Geschichte (Synchrony, Diachrony and History), Munich 1974. Hans-Georg Gadamer,Die Begriffsgeschichte und die Sprache der Philosophie (Arbeitsgemeinschaft fuer Forschung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Geisteswissenschaften, Haft 170), [Conceptual History and the Language of Philosophy (Study Group for Research of Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Intellectual Sciences, Notebook 170)], Opladen 1971. Reinhart Koselleck (editor),Historische Semantik und Begriffgeschichte (Historical Semantics and Conceptual History), Stuttgart 1978, J. G. A. Pocock,Virtue, Commerce and History, Cambridge 1985, especially the introduction: The state of art. Rolf Reichardt,Einleitung zum Handbuch politisch-sozialer Grundbegriffe in Frankreich 1680–1820 (Introduction to the Handbook of Fundamental Political and Social Concepts in France 1680–1820). Regine Robin,Histoire et Linguistique (History and Linguistics), Paris 1973.Google Scholar

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