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Social History
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I. Terminology and Theory

In its scientific exploration of the past, all historiography aims at a synthesis in the sense of a valid overview of what has gone before. At best, however, the quest can succeed only paradigmatically and typically, because any reconstruction of an histoire totale is doomed to failure. Nevertheless historiogra…

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Kaiser, Jochen-Christoph, Schaper, Joachim, Hezser, Catherine, Leutzsch, Martin, Herrmann, Ulrich, Meyer-Blanck, Michael and Herms, Eilert, “Social History”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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