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Marc Bloch

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The very names we use to describe ancient ideas or vanished forms of social organization would be quite meaningless if we had not known living men.

— Marc Bloch


Thenceforth they thought that, rationally concluded, doubt could become an instrument of knowledge.

— Marc Bloch

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But history is neither watchmaking nor cabinet construction. It is an endeavor toward better understanding.

— Marc Bloch

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The ABC of our profession is to avoid these large abstract terms in order to try to discover behind them the only concrete realities, which are human beings.

— Marc Bloch

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The good historian is like the giant of the fairy tale. He knows that wherever he catches the scent of human flesh, there his quarry lies.

— Marc Bloch

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The historian is, by definition, absolutely incapable of observing the facts which he examines.

— Marc Bloch

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Bloch was trying to reinvent history as a social science but he departed significantly from Durkheim in his refusal to exclude psychology from history; Bloch maintained that the individual actor should be considered along with social forces. [citation needed]
Bloch's most important work centered on the study of feudalism.

Bloch was a quintessential modernist. Marc Léopold Benjamin Bloch (French: [maʁk blɔk]; 6 July 1886 – 16 June 1944) was a French historian who cofounded the highly influential Annales School of French social history.

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