The Traditional Forms of the “History of the Present” from Herodotus to Humanist Historians

  • Gonzalo Pasamar
Palavras-chave: História do tempo presente, Historia magistra vitae, Memória

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The present article revolves around the interest in contemporary history from ancient writers to humanist historians. Its objective, which forms part of a broader purpose devoted to elucidating the characteristics of the so-called History of the Present, is to examine the forms this interest has traditionally adopted. In this way, we put for consideration the following hypothesis: from classical historians onwards, concern with contemporary history was always considered a hard and inevitable task to be undertaken, since it affected rulers and living people. Nevertheless, the long-standing doctrine of history as memory of events for centuries prevented historians from facing paradoxes that interest in contemporary past implies, that is: how can historians confront the political uses, memories and demands of public opinion to deal with the recent past without jeopardizing historical truth?

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2012-11-16
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PASAMAR, G. The Traditional Forms of the “History of the Present” from Herodotus to Humanist Historians. História da Historiografia: International Journal of Theory and History of Historiography, v. 5, n. 10, p. 165-182, 16 nov. 2012.
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