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Review

Author(s): Harvey J. Kaye


Review by: Harvey J. Kaye
Source: The Journal of American History, Vol. 80, No. 4 (Mar., 1994), p. 1420
Published by: Organization of American Historians
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Book Reviews

Historyand Social Theory.By PeterBurke.


(Ithaca:CornellUniversity
Press,1992.x, 198
pp. Cloth,$37.50,ISBN0-8014-2861-0.
Paper,

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suchas PierreBourdieuand
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Anthony
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phiThoseofuspursuing
theengagement
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history
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wereperceived
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ora work,
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ory,and subject.In theverysimplestterms, failings.
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thenumberofinterdisciplinary
consider
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sincethenandthestatusthey eclecticism
nalsestablished
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though
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(in additiontotheearlyandpiaccusetheworkoflacking
and Com- in realpassion.
oneering
Annales,Past& Present,
parativeStudiesin Societyand History).
The majorweaknessof the workforour
A British
cultural
historian,
PeterBurkehas purposes
-and all themoreforourEuropean
playedan activerolein all ofthisthrough
his counterparts,
who need to be betterinownstudies,forexample,in PopularCulture formed!-is that it is decidedlyEuro-centric.
in EarlyModernEurope(1978)and TheHis- Exceptforthewritings
ofsuchAmerican
scholtoricalAnthropology
of EarlyModernItaly ars as ImmanuelWallerstein,Barrington
theworkoftheAn- Moore,
(1987),and bybringing
Jr.,andNatalieZemonDavis,whoare
totheattention
nalesschoolhistorians
thereisessentialofBrit- notthemselves
Americanists,
ish and Americanscholars,
mostrecently
in
ly no coverageof Americandevelopments.
The FrenchHistoricalRevolution:The An- One couldeasilyimagineBurke'shavingatnales School,1929-1989(1990). Indeed, in
tendedto a varietyof originalworksand
1980Burkeauthoreda littlevolumeentitled figures
intheareasofAmerican
Amerslavery,
and History,
intendedto introduce ican laborand management,
and American
Sociology
todevelopments
students
underway.Thepres- environmental
to
studiesthatspeakdirectly
entbookis a muchrevisedand enlargedver- "historyand social theory."Nevertheless,
sionof it.
thoughthebookis likelyto be mostusefulto
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andSocialTheory
ismuch socialscientists,
whoarelessoftenboundto
written
thanitsparentwork.Not only a particular
better
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of itwillserve,
is itlonger,
forstudents,
as a handy
makingitmorecomprehensive
especially
continuing
developments
(thoughit stillre- guideto recentdevelopments.
at 165pagesoftext);itis also
mainscompact,
HarveyJ.Kaye
to read. Divided into five
moreinteresting
University
of Wisconsin
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and historians,models
chapters
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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lems,andsocialtheory
workattendsin critically
appreciative
waysto
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