Edoardo Grendi. Affiliation. Historical Studies. Dates at IAS. Member. Historical Studies. 9/–6/ Update Profile · Privacy Policy · Careers · Press Center . Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Dec 1, , O Raggio and others published Bibliography of the writings of Edoardo Grendi. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Aug 1, , D Moreno and others published In memory of Edoardo Grendi – Introduction.

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Professors Martin Carnoy and Tomasso Agasisti, international experts on education and conference guests, have shared their views on the issues and initiatives highlighted in the report. Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture. That is to say, there is often an obvious disjuncture between the reality that is being described in “models of” and the conditions that are being grensi and reproduced in “models for.

Morfologia social e contextualização topográfica: a micro-história de Edoardo Grendi

In his influential essays, “Thick Description: The Story of an Exorcist. The second reflects the way edordo existing social and cultural conditions provide the basis for judging new productions. To meet the evidentiary challenge posed by their new method, the Quaderni Storici group established a handful of governing principles for microhistory. In a similar vein, Giovanni Levi discovered that the real estate market in a town he was investigating employed a socially established set of rules for fixing property values rather than a market-driven system.

Website templates are designed by Art. But this could only occur after the data had been collected and assembled so as to reveal the internal logic of the social system under analysis.

Other Italian historians such as Angelo Venturi were particularly harsh, accusing the microhistorians of, at best, producing trivial history based on the study of trivial data, and, at worst, simply writing historical novels. These days, no scientific research is carried out without the use of digital media for the production or dissemination of knowledge.

To conduct a study based on the nominative methodology proposed by the microhistorians requires an archive, or in many cases a number of archives, containing many intact sources. Grebdi insisted that while interpretive latitude may be acceptable in anthropology, historians had to employ more formal and restricted notions of social and economic structure, human behavior, and, most importantly, the relative value of rationality.


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Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Rather, the microhistorians wanted to expand the possibilities of social history by adding depth of analysis to the breadth of existing narratives. This again reflects the use of anthropological methods, eoardo are notoriously unconcerned with change.

Flexibility, as these examples illustrate, is perhaps the greatest strength of microhistory. In essence, microhistory starts from a set of surprising facts and proceeds to seek out a theory that helps explain them. Nearly all of them were dedicated marxists who gdendi brought to microhistory a strong commitment to structuralist analysis in history. Therefore, the microhistorian must attempt to formulate a hypothesis based on incomplete evidence, rather than use large amounts of data to confirm or disprove some initial theory about past behavior.

The notion that Karl Marx’s works have been studied inside and out is fundamentally incorrect.

Redondi’s study of Galileo, for example, used a previously unknown document from his trial to speculate that Galileo’s belief in atomism was far more troubling to his accusers than his heliocentric astronomy, because atomism potentially undermined the doctrine of transubstantiation. Microhistory’s apparent inability to account for change, however, is also the result of conceptual limitations. For the historian these two things, thought and belief, or thought and action, had to remain separate.

And while the first microhistorical studies concentrated exclusively on the lives of otherwise obscure individuals or small groups, later studies by Carlo Ginzburg and Pietro Redondi reexamined the lives of famous individuals such as the artist Piero della Francesca and the astronomer Galileo Galilei respectively.


The increasing emphasis on agency at the expense of structure was precisely the development that Giovanni Levi had warned against in his discussion of Geertz’s method. The careful historian, however, would also recognize that this did not mean that the participants thought they were actually changing that hierarchy.

Rather, it is the statistically insignificant deviant who stands out. All Formats Paperback Sort by: Seniors in Russia are not responsive to public promotion of healthy living. Microhistory’s strengths obviously lie in its ability to provide densely researched diachronic descriptions. The source of the microhistorians’ frustration was the fact that quantitative approaches tend to reduce the lives of millions to a few edoardp and demographic data points. As individuals, they argued, we relate to the world through the particular, creating understandings of the larger world through the accumulation of small fragmentary pieces of data.


At the same time, he admitted this necessarily requires a certain amount of sdoardo on the part of the historian, because the conclusions that can be drawn from exceptional acts are rarely based on the same types of supposedly verifiable data as broader quantitative studies.

The microhistorical approach, which started evolving in the mids, on the contrary, focused on cases outside of the norm. She recently spoke with grrendi HSE News Service about her work on changes in Soviet-era language policy, her thoughts on life in Moscow and how the city has changed, and much more.

Best of all, the chain of evidence could be picked up at any point along the line, allowing us to work outward to discover the rest.

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Such an assertion effectively prevents comparisons between different cultural understandings of the world, providing an effective safeguard against ethnocentric arguments. The Italians had everything from parish birth records to tax rolls to notarial registers available to them in numbers that were often unimaginable elsewhere. Low to High Price: In this sense it is important to recall that while the Italian microhistorians were critical of social history, they never envisioned their method as a replacement for Annales school studies, which they ultimately admired.

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The microhistorians’ response to these perceived weaknesses in social history, as it was then widely practiced, was to attempt to create a new method that would allow historians to rediscover the lived experience of individuals, with the aim of revealing how those individuals interacted not only with one another, but also with the broader edoarco, demographic, and social structures that traditional social history had taken as its subject matter.

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