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De la mémoire juridique des États d’Ancien Régime à la conscience historique de la Nation : théorie archivistique et historiographie de langue allemande (fin XVIIIe-XIXe siècles)

Abstract : Based on empirical data, it is difficult to demonstrate the concrete effects of archival and library classifications on a given historiographical practice. Against fast and loose inferences, I suggest that we direct attention to the insurmountable limits of such an enterprise, starting with the simultaneous historization of two types of discourse that are incongruous : the archivists’ views and the so-called historicist historiography of German writers (end of 18th to 19th Century). If we recognize that in both cases we witness a fundamental paradigm shift (that is, from the judicial memory of the German States to the historical conscience of the nation), the connection between archival classification and historiographical practices appears neither direct nor unequivocal : beyond printed materials other kinds of sources must be extracted in order to provide evidence for the connection.
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Alexandre Escudier. De la mémoire juridique des États d’Ancien Régime à la conscience historique de la Nation : théorie archivistique et historiographie de langue allemande (fin XVIIIe-XIXe siècles). Matériaux pour l'histoire de notre temps, La contemporaine, 2006, L’historien face à l’ordre informatique : classification et histoire, 82 (2), pp.42-57. ⟨10.3917/mate.082.0042⟩. ⟨hal-03416024⟩

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