A Companion to Western Historical Thought / Edition 1

A Companion to Western Historical Thought / Edition 1

by Lloyd Kramer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405149612

ISBN-13: 9781405149617

Pub. Date: 11/09/2007

Publisher: Wiley

This broad survey introduces readers to the major themes, figures, traditions and theories in Western historical thought, tracing its evolution from biblical times to the present.

The volume comprises 24 chapters by leading historians who discuss conceptions of and approaches to the human past in the ancient, medieval, early modern and modern West, stressing the

Overview

This broad survey introduces readers to the major themes, figures, traditions and theories in Western historical thought, tracing its evolution from biblical times to the present.

The volume comprises 24 chapters by leading historians who discuss conceptions of and approaches to the human past in the ancient, medieval, early modern and modern West, stressing the long-term patterns and traditions in historical thinking that survive to this day. Chapters range from overviews of eras in the history of historical thought, to discussions of new methods that historians have drawn from other disciplines and of new historical subjects, such as gender, sexuality, selfhood, and natural environments. The volume concludes with essays on contemporary challenges to classic, Western definitions of history that have emerged in global history, multiculturalism, post-colonialism, and new technologies.

For students, this Companion provides the background they need in order to understand contemporary historical debates and approaches, while for researchers and teachers it will serve as a useful reference work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405149617
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/09/2007
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Companions to World History Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors viii

Acknowledgments xii

Introduction: The Cultural History of Historical Thought 1
Lloyd Kramer and Sarah Maza

PART I THE PRE-MODERN ORIGINS OF WESTERN HISTORICAL THOUGHT

1 Historiography in Ancient Israel 15
John Van Seters

2 Historical Thought in Ancient Greece 35
Philip A. Stadter

3 Historical Thought in Ancient Rome 60
J. E. Lendon

4 Historical Thought in Medieval Europe 78
Gabrielle M. Spiegel

5 Historical Thought in the Renaissance 99
Paula Findlen

PART II THE SHAPING OF MODERN WESTERN HISTORICAL THOUGHT

6 Historical Thought in the Era of the Enlightenment 123
Johnson Kent Wright

7 German Historical Thought in the Age of Herder, Kant, and Hegel 143
Harold Mah

8 German Historical Writing from Ranke to Weber: The Primacy of Politics 166
Harry Liebersohn

9 National History in the Age of Michelet, Macaulay, and Bancroft 185
Thomas N. Baker

10 Marxism and Historical Thought 205
Walter L. Adamson

PART III PATTERNS IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY WESTERN HISTORICAL THOUGHT

11 The Professionalization of Historical Studies and the Guiding Assumptions of Modern Historical Thought 225
Georg G. Iggers

12 The History of Armed Power 243
Peter Paret

13 Total History and Microhistory: The French and Italian Paradigms 262
David A. Bell

14 Anthropology and the History of Culture 277
William M. Reddy

15 The History of Science, Or, an Oxymoronic Theory of Relativistic Objectivity 297
Ken Alder

16 Language, Literary Studies, and Historical Thought 319
Susan A. Crane

17 Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Historical Thought 337
Lynn Hunt

18 Redefining Historical Identities: Sexuality, Gender, and the Self 357
Carolyn J. Dean

19 Historicizing Natural Environments: The Deep Roots of Environmental History 372
Andrew C. Isenberg

PART IV CHALLENGES TO THE BOUNDARIES OF WESTERN HISTORICAL THOUGHT

20 The New World History 393
Jerry H. Bentley

21 Postcolonial History 417
Prasenjit Duara

22 The Multicultural History of Nations 432
Donna R. Gabaccia

23 New Technologies and Historical Knowledge 447
James M. Murray

24 The Visual Media and Historical Knowledge 466
Robert A. Rosenstone

Consolidated Bibliography 482

Index 495

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