Biography and History

Biography and History

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by Barbara Caine
     
 

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Biography is the oldest way of writing about historical events, and one of the most popular. Looking at the complex relationship between the discipline of history and the writing of lives, Biography and History:
• is the first work to explore the significant place of biography within historical writing at the present time
• combines a

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Biography is the oldest way of writing about historical events, and one of the most popular. Looking at the complex relationship between the discipline of history and the writing of lives, Biography and History:
• is the first work to explore the significant place of biography within historical writing at the present time
• combines a discussion of the history of biography with an extended analysis of contemporary approaches to biography
• links developments within history to the wider interest in auto/biography and life-writing, and to literary methods
• suggests that there are some distinctive features in the ways in which historians handle biography.

Original and insightful, this is an essential introduction to a growing, and increasingly important, field of study and research.

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“An excellent overview of the relationship between biography and history, and the underlying debates.” — Melanie Nolan, National Centre for Biography, Australian National University, Australia

"Historical biography is a topic which historians have neglected for far too long, and this incisive and thought-provoking survey fills a real gap in the literature." —Jane Ridley, University of Buckingham, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403987266
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
05/15/2010
Series:
Theory and History Series
Pages:
196
Sales rank:
504,980
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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