I am so entrenched in my Historical Theory class, that I still can’t come up with anything to write about other than theory itself. Since misery loves company, I’m going to share a little of what I’ve read today.
Today, I read about Annales, a French method of history which focuses less on major events, and leans more to analyzing the social history of cultural practices. Co-founded in 1929 by historians Lucien Febvre and Marc Bloch, Annales tends to focus on the social scientific view of Premodern History. Annales theory was developed as a counter to the popular French historian method of only focusing on economic and political events during the rise of industrialism
Annalistes tend to focus on historical patterns that are identified from social,economic, and cultural history statistics, as well as medical reports, family studies, and psychoanalysis. They focus on geographical, historical, and sociological effects of particular cultures in particular regions. Annales historians also tend to focus on the tendencies of a culture as they develop over long periods of time. During the 1970’s, Annales was expanded to group mentality of particular cultures as well, although that course of analysis has seemingly died off in the last couple of decades.
French born, Annales theory has become popular in Europe and South America. In North America and Britain, it is largely ignored for more fact and class struggle driven approaches such as Empirical, Marxist, and Post Modernism.
There you go; you now know what I’ve learned about Annales theory. Don’t you feel enriched? I certainly do… As well as a little drowsy 🙂
- Marc Bloch had the Greatest Historiographical Impact on the Annales Movement (drussmasada.wordpress.com)
- Demystifying The Atheist Historical Narrative (anythingbuttheist.blogspot.com)
- THE PELASGIANS – The History of Etruria ,A Ture (1a) (spacezilotes.wordpress.com)