The Essential Historiography Reader

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Overview

The Essential Historiography Reader, not only details the history of historical practice and explains historical theories and philosophies in language that is accessible to college undergraduates, it also provides excerpts to illustrate these historical approaches and help students to identify them in their own writing and in the writings of contemporary historians.

The book is organized into two main parts. The first part traces the origins of contemporary American historical traditions to their roots in ancient Greece and explains how the profession of history emerged and developed in Europe and America through the nineteenth century. The second part focuses more specifically on historiographical developments the United States since the nineteenth century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321437624
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 488,739
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Hoefferle is an associate professor of history at Wingate University in North Carolina. She teaches undergraduate courses in historiography, women’s history, world history, and United States history. She received her Ph.D. in History jointly from Central Michigan University and the University of Strathclyde, Scotland in 2000. Her dissertation compared the history of student activism in the United States and Britain in the Long Sixties. She has published a number of chapters and articles on this topic and on teaching historiography, and is currently finishing a book on the history of British student activism in the Long Sixties.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS HISTORIOGRAPHY?

PART I: FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN HISTORIOGRAPHY

CHAPTER 1: EARLY HISTORIES

Herodotus, The Histories

Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

Bede, A History of the English Church and People

CHAPTER 2: THE EVOLUTION OF “MODERN” HISTORY

Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

Giambattista Vico, The New Science

Marquis de Condorcet, Sketch for a Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind

Mercy Otis Warren, History of the Rise Progress and Termination of the American Revolution

CHAPTER 3: NINETEENTH-century EUROPEAN HISTORIOGRAPHY

Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

Leopold Von Ranke, History of the Latin and Teutonic Nations

Thomas Babington Macaulay, “The Task of the Historian” and The History of England

PART II: MODERN HISTORIOGRAPHY IN THE UNITED STATES

CHAPTER 4: AMERICAN HISTORY IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

George Bancroft, The History of the United States of America from the Discovery of the Continent

Herbert Baxter Adams, “Saxon Tithing-Men in America”

Frederick Jackson Turner, The Frontier in American History

CHAPTER 5: CONFLICT AND CONSENSUS: THE PROGRESSIVE CHALLENGE TO AMERICAN HISTORY

W.E.B. Du Bois, Souls of Black Folk

Charles and Mary Beard, The Rise of American Civilization

Daniel J. Boorstin, The Genius of American Politics

CHAPTER 6: MARXISM, ANNALES, AND THE NEW LEFT

Fernand Braudel, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II

E. P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class

Jesse Lemisch, Jack Tar in the Streets: Merchant Seamen in the Politics of Revolutionary America

CHAPTER 7: NEW SOCIAL HISTORY

Robert William Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman, Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery

Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, The Hysterical Woman

John Hope Franklin, The Moral Legacy of the Founding Fathers

CHAPTER 8: THE LINGUISTIC TURN, POSTMODERNISM, AND NEW CULTURAL HISTORY

Michel Foucault, Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison

Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre

Ruth H. Bloch, The Construction of Gender in a Republican World

CHAPTER 9: WORLD HISTORIES

Edward Said, Orientalism

David Christian, World History in Context

Thomas Bender, A Nation Among Nations: America’s Place in World History

EPILOGUE: HISTORIOGRAPHY SINCE 1990

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

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