Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe
In White's view, beyond the surface level of the historical text, there is a deep structural, or latent, content that is generally poetic and specifically linguistic in nature. This deeper content - the metahistorical element - indicates what an "appropriate" historical explanation should be.
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Very important work to read if you are interested in rhetorical critique. White's analysis is extremely helpful in understanding and plotting key differences between historians, philosophers, rhetoricians, politicians, and much more. I would highly recommend this book! Be forewarned though, this is not for the faint of heart. It does not read like a Dan Brown book, it takes a lot of perseverance to make it through. Yet, the work is well worth the intellectual profits!
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