Politics and the Neutralization of History: A Reply

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In his response to Arjo Klamer, Wolfgang Streeck and Adam Tooze, Francesco Boldizzoni continues his reflection on the public role of history, dwelling in particular on the uses and abuses of the past, history’s problematic relationship with the social sciences, and the concept of “historical agnosticism.” He concludes that the neutralization of history, and the construction of atemporal narratives, has gone hand in hand with the Atlanticization of politics.

Politics and the Neutralization of History: A Reply

in Journal of the Philosophy of History



John E. King“A Case for Pluralism in Economics,” The Economic and Labour Relations Review 24.1 (2013) pp. 17–31.


Hayden WhiteMetahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century EuropeBaltimoreJohns Hopkins University Press1973p. 165ff.


Umberto EcoThe Limits of InterpretationBloomingtonIndiana University Press1990 p. 148.


Quoted in Marc BlochThe Historian’s CraftManchesterManchester University Press1992 p. 14. Charles-Victor Langlois and Charles Seignobos Introduction aux études historiques Paris Hachette 1898.


Daron Acemoglu and James A. RobinsonWhy Nations Fail: The Origins of Power Prosperity and PovertyNew YorkCrown Publishers2012 p. 57.


Ibid. p. 88.


Ibid. p. 83.


Quotes are from Alejandro FoxleyLatin American Experiments in Neoconservative EconomicsBerkeleyUniversity of California Press1983 pp. 41 48; tables 6 and 7 on pp. 45–47. On deindustrialization R.N. Gwynne “The Deindustrialization of Chile 1974–1984” Bulletin of Latin American Research 5.1 (1986) pp. 1–23.


Carlos Fortin“The Failure of Repressive Monetarism, Chile 1973–83,” Third World Quarterly 6.2 (1984) p. 310. Fortin served as deputy secretary-general of unctad from 1990 to 2005. See also Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen Hunger and Public Action Oxford Oxford University Press 1989 p. 229ff. Milton Friedman “Free Markets and the Generals” Newsweek January 25 1982 p. 59.


Carl SchmittLand und Meer: Eine weltgeschichtliche BetrachtungLeipzigReclam1942. The quote is taken from Simona Draghici’s English translation (Land and Sea Washington dc Plutarch Press 1997 pp. 48–49) which I have slightly amended. On Schmitt’s philosophical “double-talk” see Nicolaus Sombart Jugend in Berlin 1933–1943. Ein Bericht Frankfurt a.M. Fischer 1991 p. 255ff.


Gilbert RistThe History of Development: From Western Origins to Global FaithLondonZed Books2014.


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