In Search of the New 'Turns': History and Theory in the 21st Century

28 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2012 Last revised: 25 Dec 2013

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Irina Savelieva

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: October 12, 2011


This study researches some of the most recent theories (elaborated by historians and social scientists) applied to the practice of historical research. The object of this research includes ideas, concepts, notions, methods of scholarly analysis of past social reality, as well as the emergence of new interdisciplinary fields, mutual borrowings and interventions. In this connection, the opposite process — the historization of some very disparate disciplinary discourses — is briefly addressed. It includes especially historical aspects of anthropology and sociology in the coming century.

The research is based on information from journals specialized in history and theory, on leading history journals which demonstrate the state of art in various research areas, on sociological journals publishing material on historical sociology and on monographs from 1995—2010.

Keywords: history and theory, history after postmodernism, interdisciplinarity, theorizing global history, spatial turn, evolutionary ideas and history, deep history, recent historical sociology

Suggested Citation

Savelieva, Irina, In Search of the New 'Turns': History and Theory in the 21st Century (October 12, 2011). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 02/HUM/2011, Available at SSRN: or

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