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GIULI, Matteo. Social Morphology and Topographical Contextualization: the Microhistory of Edoardo Grendi. Rev. Bras. Hist. [online]. 2017, vol.37, n.76, pp.137-162. ISSN 1806-9347.

Italian Microhistory is generally known as being the product of the teachings of Giovanni Levi and Carlo Ginzburg, considered its creators. The figure of Edoardo Grendi, especially outside Europe, is least considered. His role in the creation of the micro-historical proposal is underestimated, although he was perhaps its earlier theorist. Through his attention to the international scientific debate and interest in social sciences, Grendi stood out as an unconventional figure in the academic context of his time. He led to fruitful and controversial discussions. It is possible to place his lessons at the same level as those of Levi and Ginzburg, regardless the separation between social and cultural micro-history within which their work is schematically inserted. These three historians, in fact, were the protagonists of the same battle to establish the possibilities and limits of knowledge of the past.

Keywords : morphology; contextualization; microhistory.

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