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Det förmoderna i det moderna: Om brott, kontinuitet och långa linjer i historien
Stockholm University.
2015 (Swedish)In: Scandia, ISSN 0036-5483, ISSN 0036-5483, Vol. 81, no 2 supplement, 24-38 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The premodernity of modern times. Rupture, continuity and the longue durée

This essay discusses how the concept of ’premodernity’ may be used toencourage the study of long-time perspectives in history, a feature whichhas become much in demand in recent scholarly debate. I argue that premodernityshould be understood not as a chronological description, but asan analytical tool by which to contrast, criticize and discuss modern as wellas premodern societies. The notion of a rupture between the premodern andthe modern, and the ability to identify important traits in different societies,Mats Hall enberg 37Scandia 81:2may provide historians with the means to confront what is neither old nornew, but essentially human.I argue that there are two important benefits of applying the concept ofpremodernity in historical research. First, it may incite more cooperationbetween scholars of classic, medieval and early modern periods. Second, itmay help us formulate a critique of modernity from a historical perspectiveby exposing the reproduction of premodern structures, ideas and concepts incontemporary times. By critically addressing the presumptions of ‘modernist’social theory, scholars of older periods may contribute to make history less“presentist” in the future.

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2015. Vol. 81, no 2 supplement, 24-38 p.
Keyword [en]
premodernity, the longue durée, presentism, social theory, modernity
Keyword [sv]
förmodernitet, långa linjer, historieteori, modernitet, kontinuitet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124706OAI: diva2:890696
Nätverket för studier av förmodern politisk kultur
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, F11 - 1408:1
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