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 Jacques le Goff

Jacques le Goff

Nationality: French

Jacques Le Goff (born January 1, 1924 in Toulon) is a prolific French historian specializing in the Middle Ages, particularly the 12th and 13th centuries. Le Goff champions the Annales School movement, which emphasizes long-term trends over politics, diplomacy, and war, which characterized 19th century historical research. From 1972 to 1977, he was the head of the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS). He was a leading figure of New History, related to cultural history. Le Goff argues that the Middle Ages formed a civilization of its own, distinct from both the Greco-Roman antiquity and the modern world.