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Ongoing History Writing in History Textbooks

The Most Recent Past as a Historiographical Problem

Daniel Nyström

passages participate in a kind of history writing in the making by gradually adding recent events. The research problem concerns whether this gradual addition of events is to be regarded as historiography at all or what the possible difference is between

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Feminism and Feminist History-Writing in Turkey

The Discovery of Ottoman Feminism

Serpil Çakır

The formation of a feminist consciousness and memory in Turkey coincided with a historical period in which both social movements and academic studies proliferated. Towards the end of the 1980s, the increasing number of women's organisations and publications began to impact upon both the feminist movement and academic research in the area of women's studies. This, combined with the expansion of the civil societal realm, has resulted in many topics and issues related to women becoming part of the public discussion, thereby contributing to the development of a new feminist consciousness. This article discusses the impact of the work in the field of women's history and the ensuing discovery of an Ottoman feminism on the formation of such a feminist consciousness and memory in Turkey.

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Life‐history writing and the anthropological silhouette

David Zeitlyn

In this paper I explore ways in which anthropologists can and have approached life‐histories. I consider some of the theoretical background to this and discuss life‐writing, biography and autobiography. In conclusion, I see the life‐history as grounding anthropological analysis. As a model for future work I introduce the idea of an ‘anthropological silhouette’: less complete than a biography, and partial, but demonstrably based on an individual, and honest about its limitations and incompleteness.

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History Writing as a Public Calling

Antoinette Burton

This introductory article raises questions about history's work in the contemporary public sphere and sets the stage for the issues addressed in the special issue as a whole. Drawing on my experience at a public university in fiscal crisis, I argue that historians can and should contribute to debates about the future of higher education, the role of the humanities in the twenty-first-century liberal arts curriculum, and the fate of intellectual work in a global world.

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When Was Brexit? Reading Backward to the Present

Antoinette Burton


This introductory article lays out the stakes of thinking through the temporalities of Brexit history across multiple fields of vision. It makes the case for books as one archive of Brexit subjects and feelings, and it glosses all the articles in the special issue.

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Gijs Mom and Georgine Clarsen

conversation, through our columns (either in our forum section or as fully peer-reviewed contributions) or elsewhere. If we, as editors, may start this ongoing discussion here: we believe we really need more thorough reflection on the role of history (writing

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About Şirin Tekeli

Sercan Çınar and Francisca de Haan

[Women and men in 75 years], ed. Ayşe Berktay (Istanbul: Tarih Vakfı Yurt Yayınları, 1998), 337–347, here 337. 8 Serpil Çakır, “Feminism and Feminist History-Writing in Turkey: The Discovery of Ottoman Feminism,” Aspasia 1 (2007): 61–83, here 63.

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The Ukrainian divide

The power of historical narratives, imagined communities, and collective memories

Alina Penkala, Ilse Derluyn, and Ine Lietaert

, illustrating the bipolar split between the two regions in their collective memories. Historical narratives History-writing plays an important role in a nation-building process. In Ukraine, the stakes of this history-writing process are even higher; since

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Time Bandits, Historians, and Concepts of Bad Times

Jan Ifversen

needs events, or rather that history writing has to be based on events. As he wrote, “Every event produces more and at the same time less than is contained in its pre-given elements: hence its permanently surprising novelty.” 6 Koselleck here clearly

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A Focus on the History of Concepts

Eirini Goudarouli

the history of concepts or conceptual history. Traditionally related to political thinking, conceptual history offers a significant contribution to the methodology and theory of cross-disciplinary history writing. Nowadays, most conceptual history