Scientific History

Aronova Elena
"Increasingly, scholars in the humanities are calling for a re-engagement with the natural sciences. We are experiencing a "scientific turn" in the first decades of the twenty-first century, and against this backdrop, Elena Aronova argues that there was a "scientific turn" in history at every turn, for at least a century. Bigger History maps out the submerged history of historians' continuous engagement with the methods, tools, and values of the natural sciences by examining several waves of experimentation with the scale of history and its method, each of which surged highest at perceived times of trouble, from the crisis-ridden decades around 1900 to the ruptures of the Cold War"--
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Increasingly, scholars in the humanities are calling for a reengagement with the natural sciences. Taking their cues from recent breakthroughs in genetics and the neurosciences, advocates of "big history" are reassessing long-held assumptions about the very definition of history, its methods, and its evidentiary base. In Scientific History, Elena Aronova maps out historians' continuous engagement with the methods, tools, values, and scale of the natural sciences by examining several waves of their experimentation that surged highest at perceived times of trouble, from the crisis-ridden decades of the early twentieth century to the ruptures of the Cold War.

The book explores the intertwined trajectories of six intellectuals and the larger programs they set in motion: Henri Berr (1863-1954), Nikolai Bukharin (1888-1938), Lucien Febvre (1878-1956), Nikolai Vavilov (1887-1943), Julian Huxley (1887-1975), and John Desmond Bernal (1901-1971). Though they held different political views, spoke different languages, and pursued different goals, these thinkers are representative of a larger motley crew who joined the techniques, approaches, and values of science with the writing of history, and who created powerful institutions and networks to support their projects.

In tracing these submerged stories, Aronova reveals encounters that profoundly shaped our knowledge of the past, reminding us that it is often the forgotten parts of history that are the most revealing.

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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 022676138X
ISBN-13 9780226761381
GTIN-13 9780226761381
GTIN-14 09780226761381
Subtitle Experiments in History and Politics from the Bolshevik Revolution to the End of the Cold War
Author Aronova Elena
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 256
Publication Date Apr 1, 2021
Dimension 6 in 9.1 in 0.9 in