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Historiografie tussen literatuur en wetenschap: Een dubbele traditie in vroegmoderne nationale geschiedschrijving

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  • Lydia Janssen

Abstract

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries a new form of historiography developed
in Europe under the influence of 'antiquarianism'. lts novel approach to the proper handling
of historical sources and divergent writing style represented a drastic break from traditional
historiographical ideals. In this paper, I wish to explore this scholarly development
from a comparative perspective on the basis of a small corpus of early modern
national histories. I will focus attention on two complementary aspects of these works
which are particularly revelatory of the scholarly views which influenced their composition:
the handling of historical sources and the style of the text. These two dimensions
present the two faces of historiography: the scientific study and the literary work and are
therefore particularly revelatory of the crucial shift from historiography as a literary genre
to historical studies as a scientific discipline which took place in this period.

How to Cite:

Janssen, L., (2014) “Historiografie tussen literatuur en wetenschap: Een dubbele traditie in vroegmoderne nationale geschiedschrijving”, Handelingen - Koninklijke Zuid-Nederlandse maatschappij voor taal- en letterkunde en geschiedenis 68, p.43-58. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/kzm.v68i0.17476

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18 Jan 2014
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