The conversation concerns mayor questions in the theory of historical writing, both raised or elaborated in Hayden White’s work. It focuses on the relation between history and its closest others: science and literature, as well as the issue of the function of historical studies. Conversation includes the discussion of the concepts of fiction, figure, fullfillment, figurative and conceptual language, modernism.
The paper discusses the English language reception of Jo Guldi and David Armitage’s The History Manifesto. It relates the most important responses to this powerful book, as well as pointing out the notions of the longue durée, the public and historians craft as the main topic that marshals the vast and diverse exchange