Public lecture: Uses, misuses and abuses of historical periodization

Gábor Klaniczay održat će 11. listopada 2017. u Budimpešti javno predavanje o pitanju povijesne periodizacije s obzirom na posljednju knjigu Jacquesa Le Goffa objavljenu u hrvatskom izdanju pod naslovom „Treba li povijest zaista dijeliti na razdoblja?“.



Type: Lecture


Audience: Open to the Public


Speaker: Gábor Klaniczay


Organizer:  Kyra Lyublyanovics


Building: Nador u. 9, Monument Building


Room: TIGY (203)


Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm



The lecture will address the problem discussed in the last book by the great French historian, Jacques Le Goff. Middle Ages could be considered as the prime example of a historical periodization, not related to the reign of a great ruler (“the Augustan age”) or a dynasty (“the age of the Carolingians”), but to a more general set of cultural and political features. By designating a “media aetas” between themselves and “Antiquity”, the glamorous golden age they strove to resurrect, Petrarch and other humanists invented a tripartite periodization which survives till our days., and provided ample opportunity for modern historians from Burckhart and Huizinga to Kristeller, Panofsky, Ullmann, and Peter Burke to debate nuances of periodization. More recently two new frontlines have been also opened: that of “late Antiquity” and “early modernity”.


What can these periodizations be used for? Where are their shortcomings? Can one detect typical misuses?




Poster of the event