Essay on The Golden Age Of Chronicles

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“To my mind Thucydides is the true model of historians. He relates facts without giving his opinion; but he omits no circumstance adapted to make us judge for ourselves. He puts everything that he relates before his reader; far from interposing between the facts and the readers, he conceals himself; we seem not to read but to see.” For Jean-Jacques Rousseau and for many historians of the Middle Ages – which were the golden age of Chronicles – historians had to be mere narrators of the facts that took place. Therefore, when we look at the first sentence of the introduction written by Friedrich Engels in 1895 to The Class Struggles in France, it shows that this booklet is not a “normal” – as to referring to the norm – history book: “The work republished here was Marx’s first attempt to explain a piece of contemporary history by means of his materialist conception, on the basis of the prevailing economic situation.” Marx was more seen as an essayist, a political thinker and in his last days as an economist than a truly historian.
However, when we compare Marx’s writings with ones from contemporary historians such as Michelet, it bears the same emotional value, structure and explanatory way of dealing with History. There is the same emphasis on emotions in Michelet trying to explain the relationship of the Church with the French Old Regime and the Revolution than when Marx in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon links the peasantry to Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte’s election.…

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