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Det förmoderna i det moderna: Om brott, kontinuitet och långa linjer i historien
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2015 (Swedish)In: Scandia, ISSN 0036-5483, Vol. 81, no 2, 26-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The premodernity of modern times. Rupture, continuity and the longue durée

This essay discusses how the concept of ’premodernity’ may be used to encourage the study of long-time perspectives in history, a feature which has become much in demand in recent scholarly debate. I argue that premodernity should be understood not as a chronological description, but as an analytical tool by which to contrast, criticize and discuss modern as well as premodern societies. The notion of a rupture between the premodern and the modern, and the ability to identify important traits in different societies, Mats Hallenberg 37 Scandia 81:2 may provide historians with the means to confront what is neither old nor new, but essentially human. I argue that there are two important benefits of applying the concept of premodernity in historical research. First, it may incite more cooperation between scholars of classic, medieval and early modern periods. Second, it may help us formulate a critique of modernity from a historical perspective by exposing the reproduction of premodern structures, ideas and concepts in contemporary times. By critically addressing the presumptions of ‘modernist’ social theory, scholars of older periods may contribute to make history less “presentist” in the future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 81, no 2, 26-40 p.
Keyword [en]
premodernity, the longue durée, presentism, social theory, modernity
Keyword [sv]
förmodernitet, långa linjer, historieteori, modernitet, kontinuitet
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History
Research subject
History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124706OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-124706DiVA: diva2:890696
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Nätverket för studier av förmodern politisk kultur
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, F11 - 1408:1
Available from: 2016-01-04 Created: 2016-01-04 Last updated: 2017-03-30Bibliographically approved

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