chapter  3
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Telling the past: the multitemporal challenge

This chapter looks further at the relationship between history and anthropology in the study of Europe, with a focus on questions of methodology. How should anthropologists investigate a field replete not only with people capable of giving oral testimony but one also filled with documentation and other kinds of evidence of the past – that is with a multiplicity of forms of telling the past? What are the challenges of working with different accounts of the past – and of different modes of historicising?