Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Historical Methods and Interpretations

Historian Marc Bloch might have died in 1944, but with the scientific and technologial advances since then in computers, archeology, biological and forensic sciences; his "critical analysis" method that uses a multitude of disciplines and specialties is "coming of age" in ways that Bloch could have never forseen. Unfortunately, Bloch's vision and what IS possible now due to the new technologies flies directly in the face of the time honored and "Rugged Individualist, Lone Eagle Historian" tradition which has been around since Herodotus first put quill to parchment over two thousand years ago.
While there is little doubt that eventually Bloch's "critical analysis" method will win out, the "Lone Eagle" tradition will never totally die.

2 Comments:

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Ansley said...

Brannen, I enjoyed your post on Karl Marx especially. Marc Bloch's sudden death was so unfortunate. I guess there's room for the Lone Eagle and the critical analysis approaches to history. Don't you agree?
Marc Bloch did for history what others had done for science and we're forever indebted.
See you in class.

 
At 3:53 PM, Blogger Lindsay said...

I agree that with new technology, engaging different disciplines while studying history becomes more possible. I like the approach that encompasses different disciplines to study history because I feel that the historian has a well-defined view when the historical question is finally answered.

 

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