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New Left Review 1, January-February 2000


Luisa Passerini defends her retrieval of inter-war ideas of the unity of European culture and politics, without reference to post-war sequels, as a safeguard of actual discontinuities.

LUISA PASSERINI

DISCONTINUITY OF HISTORY AND DIASPORA OF LANGUAGES

Timothy Bewes’s review of my book Europe in Love, Love in Europe in NLR 236 has helped me to rethink some of the presuppositions and implications of my work, against a background of ego-histoire. I am grateful for this. Having been a pupil of Norberto Bobbio in my youth, and followed his work more or less consistently thereafter, I have learnt that no historian can avoid incorporating a philosophy of history, tacit or explicit, into their work. This philosophy can be unsystematic and eclectic, but it will inform the architecture and approach of the historian, and define what is considered historically significant.

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