Universitatea ”Alexandru Ioan Cuza” din Iași, Facultatea de Filozofie și Științe Social Politice; Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Faculty of Philosophy and Socio-Political Sciences
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“East Central Europe” Reconceptualizing the Social: Writing Social History in the East Central Europe
Vol 34-35, 2007- 008, 1-2 [Review / Book Presentation]
This paper aims to bring into the public’s attention a book that was published over a decade ago, “Reconceptualizing the Social: Writing Social History in East Central Europe”. While it has received some international attention, the book has had little echo in the Romanian space, due to the fact social history is still in its infancy, thus, the debates about theories, paradigms and research methodologies in the field of social history have not been in the foreground of scientific debate in the post-communist era. Given these considerations, we find it most appropriate to review this collection of studies since in the last decade, more and more Romanian scholars have taken interest in the interdisciplinary historical research. We hope that bringing into the spotlight books such as Iordachi’s collection might further spark the interest for theoretical and methodological debates regarding the Romanian research in the field of social history.
Keywords: Social history, socio-cultural history, micro-history, macro-history, interdisciplinary research, Central-Eastern Europe.