oa Historia - n Terugkeer na die verhalende geskiedskrywing

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



A return to narrative Historiography. Based on pronouncements of historians such as Lawrence Stone, H.W. von der Dunk, Jarn Rusen, Paul Veyne, and Hayden White this article indicates that a return to the narrative form in historiography is happening. This can be seen as a reaction to the abstract and unreadable new kind of history which emerged from the Annales and social science history schools' structural approach of analytical and quantative methods which served the public with tables, statistics, and graphics. This kind of historical writing lead to a breach between the history-loving public and the professional historians. The narrative form is now regarded as fundamental to the organization, transformation and communication of historical experience, and once more puts man back in the centre of a story.

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