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Comparando los inicios de la historiografa social espaola y francesa

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Comparing the beginnings of Spanish and French Social Historiography. This commentary examines the origins of Spanish and French social historiography showing how they had common features despite evolving at different rates and intensities, and embodying two different approaches to the labour world. The first approach was that of liberal professionals who examined the working class motivated by their concern for what was called the social question. The second, fundamental approach until well into the twentieth century was that of the militant authors in other words, authors who were linked to the labour movement itself. For a long time this militant legacy could be seen in a type of history that was marked by an epic view of events, whose interpretation contained strong political implications. The advent of the Spanish Civil War checked this evolution and had markedly different effects on the development of the two lines of labour history research in each country.
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Keywords: La question sociale; Spanish social historiography; labour history

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Zaragoza.

Publication date: June 2, 2008

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  • The International Journal of Iberian Studies (IJIS) is the academic journal for scholars from around the world whose research focuses on contemporary Spain and Portugal from a range of disciplinary perspectives. IJIS is interested in history (20th century onwards), government and politics; foreign policy and international relations.
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