Methodology of ‘History of Polish Madness’

Avant, Vol. XI, No. 1, doi: 10.26913/avant.2020.01.07
published under license CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Mira Marcinów orcid-id
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology
Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
mira.marcinow @ gmail.com

Published 3 January 2020   Download full text

Abstract: In my book Historia polskiego szaleństwa. T. 1. Słońce wśród czarnego nieba: Studium melancholii [History of Polish Madness. V. 1. The Study of Melancholy: The Sun with the Black Sky], I am trying to present an original view on the history of melancholy in polish psychiatric thought in the 19th century. My research is based on broad hitherto unknown sources. Among the materials on which my book is based there are manuscripts, case reports and printed materials from the archives of the main mental hospitals in Eastern Europe (Kulparkow, Kobierzyn) and national libraries. An examination of so extensive source materials requires a thorough knowledge of different methodologies. I try to combine the tools provided by the intellectual history and history of ideas with that of conceptual history.

Keywords: history of psychiatry; conceptual history; history of ideas; intellectual history; melancholy; polish psychiatry


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