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Gertrude Himmelfarb, “Clio and the New History,” 36. 28. Hawkes, “Proper Study,” 259, 262; Hawkes, Nothing But or Something More, 29; North and Nye, cited from draft manuscript given to the author by Douglass North; Le Roy Ladurie, “History without People: The Climate as a New Province of Research,” in Territory of the Historian. 20 FINDING PEOPLE IN E A R LY G R E E C E events; by studying individuals and events in relation to others, meaningful patterns would emerge. An important addition to the tool kit of the crisis in the humancentered disciplines was a theoretical position grounded in absolute relativism that took root in the field of linguistics.
22. Mark Rose, review of Noah’s Flood, 78. On the new technologies, see David Wilson, The New Archaeology, 294. H I S TO RY AT T H E C RO S S ROA D S 17 So important did quantification become that Braudel defined statistics as the universal language; statistical analysis de rigueur became a feature of most human-centered disciplines during the 1960s and early 1970s. ”23 Quantification, respect for scientific successes, and dissatisfaction with the current descriptive character of the human-related disciplines joined forces to turn scholarship away from description to theoretical analysis.
It consists of several main branches: social problems, everyday life, common folk, and, more recently, women’s history. Even those who find it dangerous recognize its importance. It retains the subject of history—people— although through study of anonymous categories that have previously been largely ignored. ”36 On the grounds that textual evidence is understood in a particular way by each individual author or reader, 36. Gertrude Himmelfarb, “Postmodernist History,” 71. 26 FINDING PEOPLE IN E A R LY G R E E C E there can be no absolute truth.