Title, Storia notturna: una decifrazione del sabba. Volume 20 of Biblioteca studio. Author, Carlo Ginzburg. Publisher, Einaudi, ISBN, Carlo Ginzburg is a noted Italian historian and proponent of the field of microhistory. He is best New York. ISBN (First published in Italian as Storia notturna: Una decifrazione del Sabba, ); Wooden Eyes. Milan. Storia notturna. Una decifrazione del sabba by Carlo Ginzburg, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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The nottyrna is a hermeneutic blank cheque, drawn from an uncritical reliance on Wittgenstein. Remember me on this computer. Today the main task of historians lies elsewhere.

It picks out three cultic origins behind the popular beliefs that went into the compound image of the Sabbath: Nootturna January the archives were formally opened to “qualified researchers. Retrieved March 18, A reduction from complexity to simplicity is, after all, one of the aims of scientific explanation.

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You may send this item to up to five recipients. In the past — in ancient Greece, for instance — historians regarded completeness — that is, the recording of as much data as possible — as one of the goals of their work. But once again, what is striking is the contrast between the richness and variety of the materials, and the paucity of the meaning to which they are ginnzburg.


By any standards, this is a bravura performance. For Ginzburg this was the charter for the kind of morphology he was looking for. The problem posed by the persistence over time and space of shamanistic motifs can only be resolved, he concludes, by postulating the existence of general structural characteristics of the human mind.

Digital Library Federation, December There can be little doubt of the audience it is destined to win. I will limit myself, therefore, to discussing some general issues raised, either explicitly or implicitly, by Anderson. Perry Anderson praises the empirical discoveries I made but dislikes the research programmes which inspired them.

Liberal civilisation, he suggests, had nothing to do with the outbreak of mass killing in 20th-century Europe. What serious historian seeks to explain the savageries which followed without relation to its structural and moral consequences?

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Noel Annan Letters, 24 Januaryon the other hand, ccarlo to be suggesting that no one on the left can decently welcome any new intellectual developments if capitalism is scoring political triumphs.

They argued that Italy’s legislation was sufficient to cope with such acts.

The E-mail Address es field is required. In the introduction to Storia Notturna I explained at length why I chose — first unknowingly, then deliberately — a morphological approach in order to reconstruct the folkloric side of the Sabbath stereotype.

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In The Night Battles and EcstasiesGinzburg traced a complex path from certain Nottruna witch persecutions to the benandanti and a wide variety of practices which he describes as evidence of a substrate of shamanic cults in Europe.


Write a review Rate this item: It is difficult to think of any other historian who combines such polymathic cultural erudition, grasp of textual and visual detail, and high theoretical aim — not to speak of literary skill. Would you also like to submit a review for this item?

But they too, no less than other kinds of history, must answer to the controls of logic and evidence.

Perry Anderson reviews ‘Storia Notturna’ by Carlo Ginzburg · LRB 8 November

So little has the Limping Devil to do with the organising phobias of the Sabbath that when it emerges as a specific motif in popular literature, it is at the antipodes caflo supernatural terror.

Carlo Ginzburg in This, however, is an all too apt example of the danger indicated in this kind of classification: The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books. In ginzhurg third part of the book, Ginzburg explores possible explanations for the morphological unity of a folklore extending far into Siberia and Turkestan.