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Our Words, and Theirs: A Reflection on the Historian’s Craft Today

Our Words, and Theirs: A Reflection on the Historian’s Craft Today

Lecture by Carlo Ginzburg

Given at the Institute of Advanced Study, on October 3, 2011

What is the relationship between the idiom of the observer (historian, anthropologist) and the idiom of the actors, dead or alive? This question, which has been addressed from widely different (and usually unrelated) points of view, provides an oblique approach to the cognitive, moral, and political implications of the historian’s craft today.

Carlo Ginzburg is Professor Emeritus at UCLA. He is the author of many books on history and microhistory, including The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth Century Miller.

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