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Aron Gurevich's Medieval Individual

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Studies of the history of the medieval individual occupy an important place in Aron Gurevich's legacy. This chapter addresses the following questions. What is Gurevich's contribution to the understanding of the individual in medieval culture? Which circumstances contributed to his turn towards the study of the medieval individual? Which metamorphoses did this study undergo? How does Gurevich's work on this subject relate to the changes in Russian humanities in the last decades? The appearance in 1972 of Gurevich's book Categories of Medieval Culture became a significant event in 1970s Russian and Soviet intellectual life. The book contained not only a new understanding of the Middle Ages as a cultural whole, but also offered a new approach to the study of the history of culture.

Keywords: Aron Gurevich; medieval individual; Russian humanities; Western medieval culture



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