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Arne Jarrick

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235835

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312632

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The individual and history

The individual and history

(p.181) Chapter 6 The individual and history
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In the 1960s, many scholars embraced the notion that history should be depicted as a social history which characterised the joys, struggles, and hardships of ordinary people. Social history studies are often based on comprehensive research on church records, national registration material, and other similar sources. Recently, however, historical research has focused on politics and biography. This is evident in Sweden, where a number of popularly written, long-forgotten biographies of some famous individuals such as Gustavus III, Queen Christina, Julius Caesar, and Mary Stuart have been reprinted. There are at least four fundamentally distinct justifications to imagine the modern development of biography as history in refined stages: idiographic justification, heroic justification, existential justification, and popular cultural justification.

Keywords:   Sweden, social history, historical research, politics, biography as history, idiographic justification, heroic justification, existential justification, popular cultural justification

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