The Ethos of History: Time and Responsibility

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At a time when rapidly evolving technologies, political turmoil, and the tensions inherent in multiculturalism and globalization are reshaping historical consciousness, what is the proper role for historians and their work? By way of an answer, the contributors to this volume offer up an illuminating collective meditation on the idea of ethos and its relevance for historical practice. These intellectually adventurous essays demonstrate how ethos—a term evoking a society’s “fundamental character” as well as an ethical appeal to knowledge and commitment—can serve as a conceptual lodestar for history today, not only as a narrative, but as a form of consciousness and an ethical-political orientation.


External organisations
  • Stockholm University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
  • History


  • historiography, responsibility, justice, memory politics , philosophy of history, temporality
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York/Oxford
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages288
ISBN (Electronic)9781785338854
ISBN (Print)9781785338847
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameMaking sense of history
PublisherBerghahn Books

Related research output

Jayne Svenungsson & Stefan Helgesson, 2018, The Ethos of History: Time and Responsibility. Helgesson, S. & Svenungsson, J. (eds.). New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, p. 1–13 (Making Sense of History; vol. 34).

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