Problems of historiography in 'Kwartalnik Historii Nauki i Techniki' (1956-2005)
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The paper presents texts published in 'Kwartalnik Historii Nauki i Techniki' over the last fifty years that were devoted to historiography. The paper does not aspire to overview all such texts, and deals only with selected publications that the author considers to be the most important in the field. A number of conclusions stem from the analysed material. First of all, considering all the tetxs published in the Quarterly, it can be seen that there have been relatively few articles on historiography compared to the number of publications in other fields, such as history of the exact or natural sciences, or broadly understood humanities. There is no single explanation for that, but one factor might be that texts on historiography could be published in other journals, which were specially dedicated to historiography. Another conclusion concerns the content of the articles, which shows a lot of variation. Most articles deal with the historiography of the 18th century; there is also a substantial number of publications dealing with historiography in the 19th century. The subject-matter of the articles relates both to Polish and general (Greman, French) historiography. Among the Quarterly's publications there have also been articles that present work in the field of history by such personages as M.D. Krajewski, M. Wiszniewski or F. Konieczny. A separate - and very interesting - group of articles is made up of scholarly autobiographies. Appearing in the section 'Portraits', which carried autobiographies of Polish scientists from various disciplines, memoirs were published in the Quarterly by eminent historians such as S. Kieniewicz, H. Wereszycki, K. Górski or M. Tyrowicz. These autobiographies are of great importance for researchers of historiography. The authors of the memoirs not only gave interesting accounts of their private lives, but also presented their scholarly evolution and achievements, as well as sketched a picture of the milieu of historians.
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