Historical Knowledge and Evidence

Roberto Franzosi

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Historical Knowledge and Evidence

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This article analyses the importance of evidence and historical knowledge in contextual political analysis focusing on the works of historian Carlo Ginzburg. It suggests that the works of Ginzburg, his methodological and his epistemological writings, and autobiographical considerations raise many questions and doubts concerning the issues of historical knowledge and evidence. It discusses the skill of Ginzburg as a master storyteller and highlights the difference between historians and social scientists in terms of their opinion about facts, evidence, and data.

Keywords: historical knowledge; evidence; contextual political analysis; Carlo Ginzburg; social scientists; epistemological writings; autobiographical considerations

Article.  7035 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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