What intellectual history offers social history

When a source such as this is used simply as a quarry or as an occasional reference point for a story or an analytic reduction, it is effectively silenced, and the reader is at a loss in trying to come to a critical appreciation of the historian’s account. ... It is in making public the texts one interprets and in providing a close, critical, and self-critical reading of them that social history may acquire something of value from procedures that are (or should be) important in intellectual history. To make these points is not to rule out the task of employing documents in the inferential reconstruction of other events and processes; it is, however, to add another layer of inquiry to that task—one that may render it more cognitively responsible.
— Dominick LaCapra

Dominick LaCapra, "The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Twentieth-Century Historian," in History and Criticism (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1985), 63.