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I was talking with friends the other night when someone mentioned a startling fact; there is such a thing as a walking fish. Birds have wings and fly; beasts have feet and walk; and fish have fins and swim. This much I thought I knew. Nevertheless, a certain species known as Channa argus argus was lately brought to Florida from its native China and has since begun a long stroll up the eastern coast. And it also turns out that certain kinds of organisms, like fungi, can't be classified as either animals or plants and so must be consigned to a kingdom all their own. What in the world is going on? With categories of analysis in the supposedly objective and empirical world of science rapidly coming undone, it should come as no surprise that history is suffering a similar epistemological crisis. But perhaps crisis is the wrong word. Culmination might be more apt. Could it be that in history, as in all areas of human knowledge, we are finally ready to concede that there is no single story, no total system, that will encompass and explain all we want to know? More than thirty years ago, social history embarked on the bold project of bringing science to history; I think it would not be premature to state that it has ended up bringing history to science--and to history itself. (1)

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2003
September 22
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
32
Pages
PUBLISHER
Journal of Social History
SIZE
214.2
KB

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