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Jerzy Jedlicki jako historyk XIX stulecia
Jerzy Jedlicki as a historian of the nineteenth century

Author(s): Adam Kożuchowski
Subject(s): History, Essay|Book Review |Scientific Life, Political history, Modern Age, 19th Century, Obituary
Published by: Instytut Historii im. Tadeusza Manteuffla Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Marxism; liberalism; social history; history of ideas; irony; catastrophism; optimism; Jerzy Jedlicki;

Summary/Abstract: The article analyses the legacy of Jerzy Jedlicki (1930–2018) as a historian of the nineteenth century. The analysis covers his books, his main articles and the most characteristic reviews, as well as archival materials from the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where Jedlicki worked for his entire professional career. The following problems are emphasized: the evolution of his attitude to Marxism and historical determinism; his attempts to combine the methods of social history and the history of ideas; his approach to the main challenges of history as a social science and a discipline of the humanities; his individual authorial style and the function of irony as an interpretative tool. And finally, his attitude towards the main ideological currents in the nineteenth-century Poland.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 11-33
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Polish