Revisionism in the twentieth century: a bankrupt concept or permanent practice?

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dc.contributor.author GKOTZARIDIS, Evi
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-23T13:39:48Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-23T13:39:48Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation European legacy, 2008, 13, 6, 725-741
dc.identifier.issn 1084-8770
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/17364
dc.description.abstract Written in the wake of a critical incident which the author considers worrying and yet characteristic of the times we live in, this article contends that the conflation heretofore evident between critical historical thinking (revisionism) and negationism is ultimately harmful to the historical discipline since it can serve the interests of the deniers and indirectly grant an argument to radical postmodernists who demote history to a loosely constructed form of personal fiction. On the other hand, it also eschews the belief in historical scholarship as an immiscible category demarcated by impenetrable boundaries, which is habitually associated with empirical positivism. Furthermore, it argues strongly for the introduction of a diachronic perspective in the study of revisionism not only to show the steady process of professionalization of the discipline but to disclose an often neglected or denied aspect: its contribution to the evolution of philosophical thought.
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Revisionism
dc.subject 20th century
dc.subject History of ideas
dc.subject Professionalization
dc.subject Discourse analysis
dc.subject Historical analysis
dc.subject Social history
dc.subject Historical analysis
dc.title Revisionism in the twentieth century: a bankrupt concept or permanent practice?
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/10848770802358112
dc.identifier.volume 13
dc.identifier.startpage 725
dc.identifier.endpage 741
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dc.identifier.issue 6


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