(Considerations on the Monograph of Albert A. Stepanyan “The Trace of History: Deeds, Writings, and Essence”)


Smbat Kh. Hovhannisyan

Key words – Civilization, civilization identity, discours, Synchrony and diachrony measurement, Lifeworld and System, Semiotics syntagma, poetics of history.

Summing up the considerations, it must be point out that the monograph represents a research space aimed at the interpretation of past in the light of poetics of history. It has been built up in accordance with the development principle (Aristotle), on one the hand, and on the concept of tripartite Soul (Plato), on the other hand. The both approaches make up the anthropomorphist mode of author’s narrative. As a result, the civilization identity (of eminent personalities) initiates various scenarios of past, present and visible future.

The space perspective (with its local and global dimensions) in harmony with the perspective of time (past, present and future) initiates a dialoguesymposium and an intellectual theatre. They are set up on the alteration and reversibility of ideas, concepts and axiological orientations giving opportunity to the author to build up his research activity according to contemporary historical theories.

Another problem is also in the focus of the author. It concerns the problem of relationship of historian’s personality with the guild of historians reaching in its highs the reversibility of the both poles. Metaphrasing Plato’s words, one could define that the crisis of history is insuperable unless it is a field of activity of men who act with profound knowledge, skills and devotion. This shapes a kind of researchers whose life and writing express the more profound layer of reality according to “necessity and probability”. The monograph under consideration meets all these demands of modern historiography and marks a new level of historical research.

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