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History and Causality


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Mark Hewitson
    Pages 86-116
  3. Mark Hewitson
    Pages 117-148
  4. Mark Hewitson
    Pages 149-179
  5. Mark Hewitson
    Pages 217-224
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 225-262

About this book


This volume investigates the different attitudes of historians and other social scientists to questions of causality. It argues that historical theorists after the linguistic turn have paid surprisingly little attention to causes in spite of the centrality of causation in many contemporary works of history.


Social Theory Historiography 19th and 20th century European History archaeology argue bibliography causality cultural history event history history of literature knowledge social history time understanding

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University College LondonUK

About the authors

Mark Hewitson is Professor of German History and Politics at University College London, UK. His publications include National Identity and Political Thought in Germany (2000), Germany and the Causes of the First World War (2004) and Nationalism in Germany, 1848–1866 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Bibliographic information


"Whereas much work on the philosophy of history is produced by philosophers who are writing for their fellows, the author of this survey of approaches to causality in history and the social sciences is himself a distinguished historian of Germany in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. ... The powerful case which History and Causality puts forward should undoubtedly be studied by anyone who has ever questioned the importance of causation in our discipline." - Social History