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Can Koselleck Travel? Theory of History and the Problem of the Universal

Margrit Pernau

be the topic of the second section. Finally, the Sattelzeit (saddle period) provides the tools for the interpretation of a concrete historical problem. It refers to the time roughly between 1750 and 1850, which profoundly transformed Europe and in

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Conceptual History of the Near East

The Sattelzeit as a Heuristic Tool for Interrogating the Formation of a Multilayered Modernity

Florian Zemmin and Henning Sievert

conceptually and arrive at a more plural understanding of modernity, which accounts for both commonalities and differences. It is only under this interest that the Sattelzeit (Saddle Period) can be considered a useful heuristic tool. Topal and Wigen

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On the Notion of Historical (Dis)Continuity

Reinhart Koselleck's Construction of the Sattelzeit

Gabriel Motzkin

The author contends that a transition period is conceived in terms of its continuity with preceding or subsequent periods, rather than an entirely discontinuous temporal unit. Thus, in order to conceive of a period of transition, one must assume an overarching historical continuity. This contrasts with Reinhart Koselleck's and Michel Foucault's conception of the period of transition to modernity which is at once a break and part of the modern period. By analyzing how time is experienced in terms of contemporary awareness and retrospective consciousness, the author maps out the epistemological determinations that allow for the conception of a period of transition to modernity such as Sattelzeit.

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Precarious Time, Morality, and the Republic

New Granada, 1818–1853

Francisco A. Ortega

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Spanish American countries exhibited during the nineteenth century many of the features Koselleck associated with the Sattelzeit, the transitioning period into our contemporaneity. However, the region’s history was marked by social instability and political upheaval, and contemporaries referred to such experiences of time as precarious. In this article I explore the connection between this precarious time and the emergence of the sociopolitical concept of morality in New Granada (present-day Colombia) during the first thirty-five years of the republic (1818–1853). I focus on two conceptual moments as exemplified by the reflections put forth by Simón Bolívar (1783–1830), military and political leader of the independence period, and José Eusebio Caro (1817–1853), publicist, poet, and political ideologue of the Conservative Party.

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The Modernity of Political Representation

Its Innovative Thrust and Transnational Semantic Transfers during the Sattelzeit (Eighteenth to Nineteenth Centuries)

Samuel Hayat and José María Rosales

studies the semantic and institutional changes of the concept of representation throughout the crucial period of the entrance of Europe into political democratic modernity, Reinhart Koselleck's Sattelzeit , 9 the era from the mid-eighteenth century to

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Of Words, Change, and Transplantations

Reshaping Chinese Concepts between Empire and Modernity

Federico Brusadelli, Anne Schmiedl, and Phillip Grimberg

from the imperial to the post-imperial order—with the Koselleckian Sattelzeit . Within this framework, new light was shed on concepts such as nation and nationalism ( minzu , minzuzhuyi ), liberalism ( ziyouzhuyi ), democracy ( minzhu ), science

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An Invitation for the Curious; Into Blumenberg's Lens Cabinet; The Historian and His Images

Luc Wodzicki, Marcos Guntin, and Kerstin Maria Pahl

, Sattelzeit ) in chapters 4 to 7, embraced by broader interdisciplinary chapters 1 through 3 and 8 through 10, which emphasize that Begriffsgeschichte is much more than Reinhart Koselleck and offer a scope that goes beyond being a tool for historians. These

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Ottoman Conceptual History

Challenges and Prospects

Alp Eren Topal and Einar Wigen

is, of course, the question of whether a research program for Ottoman Turkish conceptual history has any use for an “Ottoman Sattelzeit .” Koselleck proposed Sattelzeit as a heuristic tool for a particular period of conceptual rupture in European

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The Birth of International Conceptual History

Jan Ifversen

anachronistic claims about the existence of basic concepts that the historical actors did not use. Finally, Pocock also had problems accepting the basic idea of an increased and intense period of conceptual change, a Sattelzeit that heralded our modern

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Part 2: After the Big Bang

The Fusing of New Approaches

Jan Ifversen

language set by specific cultural contexts, but he prefers to work with a micro perspective and not with the transformations set by large contexts such as the Sattelzeit or the institutional fields chosen by the Handbuch project. In his extraction of the