A Companion to Western Historical Thought / Edition 1

A Companion to Western Historical Thought / Edition 1

by Lloyd Kramer
     
 

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

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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.

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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
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Cultural History of Historical Thought1
Pt. IThe Pre-Modern Origins of Western Historical Thought
1Historiography in Ancient Israel15
2Historical Thought in Ancient Greece35
3Historical Thought in Ancient Rome60
4Historical Thought in Medieval Europe78
5Historical Thought in the Renaissance99
Pt. IIThe Shaping of Modern Western Historical Thought
6Historical Thought in the Era of the Enlightenment123
7German Historical Thought in the Age of Herder, Kant, and Hegel143
8German Historical Writing from Ranke to Weber: The Primacy of Politics166
9National History in the Age of Michelet, Macaulay, and Bancroft185
10Marxism and Historical Thought205
Pt. IIIPatterns in Twentieth-Century Western Historical Thought
11The Professionalization of Historical Studies and the Guiding Assumptions of Modern Historical Thought225
12The History of Armed Power243
13Total History and Microhistory: The French and Italian Paradigms262
14Anthropology and the History of Culture277
15The History of Science, Or, an Oxymoronic Theory of Relativistic Objectivity297
16Language, Literary Studies, and Historical Thought319
17Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Historical Thought337
18Redefining Historical Identities: Sexuality, Gender, and the Self357
19Historicizing Natural Environments: The Deep Roots of Environmental History372
Pt. IVChallenges to the Boundaries of Western Historical Thought
20The New World History393
21Postcolonial History417
22The Multicultural History of Nations432
23New Technologies and Historical Knowledge447
24The Visual Media and Historical Knowledge466
Consolidated Bibliography482
Index495

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