New cultural history and old history of mentalities

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Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780853235835
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781846312632 | DOI:
New cultural history and old history of mentalities

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In eighteenth-century Stockholm, merchants and artisans had a change in mentality that reflected a shift in the cultural frames of reference. The change was barely noticeable at first, but its effects became evident over time. Some, including the French historian Roger Chartier and several other advocates of a new cultural history, have argued that quantitative series are ineffective in understanding how human thought changes with the passage of time. Cultural historians disagree about two issues: folk culture and the extent to which it is possible to talk about collective symbolic structures. This chapter examines the debate on the history of culture and mentality.

Keywords: Stockholm; mentality; cultural history; Roger Chartier; human thought; folk culture; symbolic structures

Chapter.  6269 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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