Our Words, and Theirs: A Reflection on the Historian's Craft, Today

What is the relationship between the idiom of the observer (historian, anthropologist) and the idiom of the actors, dead or alive? This question, which has been addressed from widely different (and usually unrelated) points of view, provides an oblique approach to the cognitive, moral, and political implications of the historian’s craft today.



Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles