Thomas Mergel

Cultural Turns and Political History



The article analyses the impact that cultural turn had on political history. Some main elements included in the broader concept of cultural turn are examined: the linguistic turn connected with constructivist philosophy and based on linguistic analysis; the iconic turn that points out the pictorial side of communication and the spatial turn devoted to the study of geographical space in which social action takes place. All these strands were strongly influenced by cultural anthropology emerging in the Sixties. These different approaches to political history may be useful instruments for the understanding of political phenomena.


  • Political History
  • Cultural Turn
  • Linguistic Turn
  • Iconic Turn
  • Spatial Turn


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