History of Knowledge

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Simone Lässig, “The History of Knowledge and the Expansion of the Historical Research Agenda,” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute 59 (Fall 2016): 29–59. Gratis Open Access

In her broad conceptualization of knowledge as a category of analysis, the author begins with the example of immigrant children in the United States.

Abstract from the Bulletin’s preface:

Provides a survey of the intellectual and disciplinary origins of the history of knowledge; probes its relationship to the rise of global and transnational history; examines the methods that the history of knowledge deploys to study the subject of knowledge; analyzes how using knowledge as a category of historical analysis can benefit historical research; and offers a preview of the GHI’s research program in the history of knowledge.