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„Kryzys” we współczesnej historii i historiografii
„Crisis” in Contemporary History and Historiography

Author(s): Rüdiger Graf, Konrad H. Jarausch
Subject(s): History of Philosophy, Political Philosophy
Published by: Instytut Studiów Politycznych PAN
Keywords: crisis; types of crises; history; historiography

Summary/Abstract: While crises are omnipresent in history and historiography, the meaning of the concept of ‘crisis’ is becoming more elusive than ever. The authors scrutinise how historians use this concept with respect to contemporary history, the twentieth century and modernity in general. After briefly sketching the conceptual history of ‘crisis,’ the article addresses the questions of how the concept structures historiographical narratives, what types of crises historians distinguish, and whether we should retain the concept or refrain from using it, considering its vagueness, suggestive power and political instrumentalisation.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 22
  • Page Range: 17-49
  • Page Count: 33
  • Language: Polish