Whereas Norbert Elias criticized the "retreat of sociologists
into the present", historians have often been accused of superficial investigation
of the social dimension. Sociology and historiography have always been burdened
by a complicated relationship, wavering between reciprocal inspiration and competitive
differentiation. On the basis of lengthy experience featuring writings that
have always adopted a historical perspective, one of Italy's major sociologists
patiently and proficiently explores the two disciplines' common ground. Massimo
Paci identifies the scholars who inhabit that common ground or brush against
its boundaries: Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Gramsci, Aron, Elias, and Bourdieu. The
narrative is enlivened by the events and situations that were studied by these
scholars: the 18th Brumaire, the struggle between the Papacy and the Empire,
the Battle of Marathon, the Calvinist Reformation, the court at Versailles,
the Weimar Republic, and Mao's Long March.
Massimo Paci used to teach Sociology at the
University of Ancona and La Sapienza University in Rome; he is also a former
president of Italy's National Social Security Institute.
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