Companion to Historiography

Overview

Literate civilizations have always celebrated or contested images of their past by writing about them. Historiography considers how and why such writing has taken the various shapes that it has.
Now in paperback this work gives readers a definitive overview of the most important developments in the techniques of and approaches to historical writing.
Each selection presents a study of recent historiography in relation to a particular theme or ...
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Overview

Literate civilizations have always celebrated or contested images of their past by writing about them. Historiography considers how and why such writing has taken the various shapes that it has.
Now in paperback this work gives readers a definitive overview of the most important developments in the techniques of and approaches to historical writing.
Each selection presents a study of recent historiography in relation to a particular theme or problem—frequently in the context of other disciplines. Introductory surveys help readers to locate the periods and places discussed. Articles contributed by a carefully selected panel of distinguished academics convey in direct, jargon-free language a genuinely international, wide-angled view of the ideas, traditions and institutions that lie behind the contemporary urgency of world history.
This valuable companion offers an engaging response to the fascination current in all branches of the humanities with how the past has been turned into text and made into history.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
...thanks to the consummate skill of Bentley and his colleagues. Historians, whatever their specialties, can read this book with profit and pleasure.
Library Journal
This unique reference work provides a general guide to the study of the way history has been written, offering 45 substantial essays that examine the techniques, approaches, and biases that have influenced historians to the present. Editor Bentley modern history, Univ. of St. Andrews, Scotland divides the volume by period and examines the writing of history from both Western and Eastern perspectives. Each section begins with an introductory overview of the time period and then includes several essays on events or topics. The volume ends with a section on nonperiod issues and approaches to history. One problem with many of the essays is the targeting of an English-speaking market; if a history has not been translated into English, it is generally not includeda serious drawback for those interested in the construction of the histories of, say, Latin America and Asia. Still, this product of the British academic community contains a range of informative, though not particularly innovative, essays in a single volume. A valuable addition to academic reference collections.Mark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, Utah
Booknews
A reference on the study of the study of the past, presenting essay length analysis rather than the brief dictionary-like entries of other such works. British and American academics in such fields as history, Asian studies, philosophy, archaeology, and anthropology cover the beginnings of historigraphical traditions in the east and west, the Medieval world, early modern historiography, reflections on revolution and ideology and Asian studies in the modern age, and hinterlands and approaches as contexts for the writing of history. Each section includes a substantial introduction. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415030847
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Pages: 1024
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Bentley is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews. He has written extensively on Modern British History and teaches courses in historiography and historical theory.

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Table of Contents

Editorial Board
Contributors
General Internet: The Project of Historiography
Pt. I Beginnings - East and West
Introduction
1 The Evolution of Two Asian Historiographical Traditions
2 Historiography and Ancient Greek Self-definition
3 Re-reading the Roman Historians
4 The Religion of Rome from Monarchy to Principate
5 Late Antiquity and the Early Medieval West
6 Modernizing the Historiography of Rural Labour: An Unwritten Agenda
Pt. II The Medieval World
Introduction: Regarding Medievalists: Contexts and Approaches
7 The Historiography of the Medieval State
8 Saladin and the Third Crusade: A Case Study in Historiography and the Historical Novel
9 Family, Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages
10 The Medieval Nobility in Twentieth-Century Historiography
11 Medieval Military Historiography
12 Popular Religion in the Central and Later Middle Ages
Pt. III Early Modern Historiography
Introduction Survey: From the Renaissance to the Eighteenth Century
13 The Idea of Early Modern History
14 The Scientific Revolution
15 The Writing of Early Modern European Intellectual History, 1945-1995
16 The English Reformation, 1945-1995
17 Popular Culture in the Early Modern West
18 Revisionism in Britain
Pt. IV Reflecting on the Modern Age
Introduction: Approaches to Modernity: Western Historiography since the Enlightenment
19 The Historiography of the French Revolution
20 The Soviet Revolution
21 The Historiography of National Socialism
22 Modern Italy - Changing Historical Perspective since 1945
23 The Critique of Orientalism
24 The Historiography of Modern China
25 The English-Language Historiography of Modern Japan
26 Modern Indian Historiography
27 History in Africa
28 Modern American Historiography
29 Latin America
Pt. V Contexts for the Writing of History
30 Philosophy and Historiography
31 History and Anthropology
32 Archaeology and Historiography
33 The History of Western Art History
34 The Historical Narrative
35 The Annales Experiment
36 Marxist Historiography
37 Women, Gender and the Fin de Siecle
38 World History
39 Archives, the Historian and the Future
Index
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