Microhistory: A Strategic Approach
By microhistory we mean the focus on detailed description and explanation
of a specific event. By focusing on the scale of observation, aspects that would
have otherwise remained unexplained are brought into view, and priority is given
to activities, patterns of behaviour and institutions. These elements construct
the framework in which the event itself becomes meaningful and comprehensible.
During the goal-setting phase, researchers of FHW collaborated to create and
finally select this particular method of historical analysis. We hope that this
new technology becomes useful as a means of presenting new scientific currents,
in which concepts and methods of other scientific disciplines such as
linguistics, literary theory, social anthropology and psychoanalysis are
incorporated. In these terms, we are interested in reappraising Hellenic history
from a different point of view, which will be based on:
- the incorporation of issues of Hellenic history within the more general
social and cultural framework.
- the definition of the conceptual content of older familiar terms, and the
attempt to create their contemporary equivalents.
- an in depth analysis and interpretation of historical phenomena, rather than
their simple reconstruction.
- the paradigmatic reading of historical issues.
The above points all suggest a synthetic approach,
which does not limit itself to an exhaustive
supply of information, but aims at presenting a great many elements of social
life, while preserving their mutual dependence, in order to illustrate
paradigmatically a given social reality. Such an approach also takes into
consideration the formation of conceptual horizons, mostly as these are
expressed through the multiple readings of an event in different historical