Delimitations in the Writing of the History of Central-European Historiography of Enlightenment. Guide Marks - Directions - Contemporary Tendencies Cover Image
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Despre istoria istoriografiei iluministe central-europene. Direcţii - repere - tendinţe contemporane
Delimitations in the Writing of the History of Central-European Historiography of Enlightenment. Guide Marks - Directions - Contemporary Tendencies

Author(s): Laura Stanciu
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Mega Print SRL
Keywords: Central-European Historiography; Mitteleuropean Historiography; European Enlightenment; Transylvanian Enlightenment; Transylvanian School; Writing of the History; Historiographic Discourse; Historical Writing; Contemporary Tendencies

Summary/Abstract: The woman writer of the study starts from the idea that a work upon the Transylvanian Enlightenment cannot be drawn upon without the placement of the projected research into a credible frame, that is to say into a context meant to circumstize the Transylvanian Enlightenment phenomenon and the way in which it was related to proximal or more distant models. The image outlined in this way offers the possibility to adequate the Romanian historiographic phenomenon to the European one and not only the European one. As it was noticed, the first obstacle that cae into being was the domain diversity, but a sum of the Enlightenment Mitteleuropean historiography depending on the methodological and thematical orientation is also recommended to be done. We have therefore in view a research field in continuous expansion and diversification. The weakness of this historiography is the relative high degree of theorization through the apparent theme’s generality. There are classical works, most of them being considered overdone, but they approached a real research programme through remarkable, and therefore nuanced and elaborate texts. They represent a key of reading that is necessary for each diligent person interested in the study of the Enlightenment historiography. The study suggests a projection upon the genres, tendencies and especially plurality of this historiography. The references on the Enlightenment historiography in Central Europe and the focus on the Enlightenment historiography from Transylvania are both equally legitimate for understanding the context in which the Transylvanian School (Şcoala Ardeleană) developed. This concern was imposed by a necessary correction of the simplified vision upon the regional Enlightenment historiography, to which the above mentioned phenomenon belonged. The manifestations employed by the Transylvanian School illustrated the Central-European historiography, that is to say a provincial historiography, that was not a simple local reflexion of some general tendencies, but the fundamental and constitutive part of a general historiography. The author’s wish was that of understanding the plurality of these historiographic tendencies at the level of methodological approaches. They inevitably orientated the Transylvanian Enlightenment research through the problems, method and type of analysis that were suggested. The author tries to mark a general outline of a group picture for the way in which different historiographies on themes and directions of research came into being in the European Enlightenment historiography, the problems of the phenomenon are evaluated and the Transylvanian Enlightenment was contextualised in the tonality of this historiographic discourse. The incursion that has been suggested is not at all an exhaustive one.

  • Issue Year: 11/2007
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 195-226
  • Page Count: 32
  • Language: Romanian