Reflections on Marc Bloch'S Maxim

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In his intellectual testament The Historian’s Craft, Marc Bloch stated from the outset that history is not, as one might think, a science of the past, but rather a living discipline, torn apart by the concerns and passions of the present. Taking Bloch’s reflections on the domination of the present on the historian’s work as a starting point, we have attempted to show how, little by little, the French historical school has finally accepted, not without much resistance, to bow to this evidence, according to which historical knowledge is continually seized by the dialectic of the past and the present.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngaging with the Past and Present
Subtitle of host publicationThe Relationship between Past and Present across the Disciplines
EditorsPaul M. Dover
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781003026570
ISBN (Print)9780367460327
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2023


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