The State and Social History

  title={The State and Social History},
  author={Prasannan Parthasarathi},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={771 - 778}
Social history emerged in the 1950s and 1960s out of two contradictory impulses. On the one hand, social historians sought to recapture the lives and experiences of the working class and other dispossessed groups. At the same time, social history was connected by a number of its early practitioners with major political projects. It was very self-consciously part of a larger analysis of a capitalist system with the aim of transcending that system and establishing socialism. It thus took… 

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