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Varia Historia

Print version ISSN 0104-8775On-line version ISSN 1982-4343

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MELLO, Ricardo Marques de. On the usefulness and disadvantages of history for Hayden White. Varia hist. [online]. 2009, vol.25, n.42, pp.611-634. ISSN 0104-8775.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-87752009000200013.

This article investigated the perspective of the historian and literary theorist and historiographic Hayden White about the utilities and disadvantages that history can have the contemporary world through the historiography - from a predominantly internal analysis of his works. It was observed that the guiding idea of the author of Metahistory is to argue in favour of limiting epistemic of the speech produced by historians, which would allow the use of history to help the men of this in the resolution of certain problems.

Keywords : historiography; Hayden White; theory of history.

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