Frontiers of History: Historical Inquiry in the Twentieth Century

Frontiers of History: Historical Inquiry in the Twentieth Century

by Donald R. Kelley
     
 


This book, the third volume of Donald Kelley’s monumental survey of Western historiography, covers the twentieth century, especially Europe. As in the first two volumes, the author discusses historical methods and ideas of all sorts to provide a detailed map of historical learning. Here he carries the survey forward to our own times, confronting directly the… See more details below

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This book, the third volume of Donald Kelley’s monumental survey of Western historiography, covers the twentieth century, especially Europe. As in the first two volumes, the author discusses historical methods and ideas of all sorts to provide a detailed map of historical learning. Here he carries the survey forward to our own times, confronting directly the challenges of postmodernism and historical narrative. Kelley offers highly original discussions of historians of the last half century (including friends and mentors), the “linguistic turn,” the “end of history,” the philosophy of history, and various new methods of histories.
The book focuses first on the state of the art of history in France, Germany, Britain, and the United States on the eve of World War I. Kelley then traces every important historiographical issue and development historians have encountered in the twentieth century. With the completion of this trilogy, Kelley presents the only comprehensive modern survey of historical writing. He provides an unparalleled portrait of the rich variety of historical method along with an insider’s view of the challenges of capturing history on the written page.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300120622
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/18/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author


Donald R. Kelley is James Westfall Thompson Professor of History, Emeritus, Rutgers University, and was editor of the Journal of the History of Ideas from 1985 to 2005. He lives in New Brunswick, NJ.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................ix
Introduction: Horizons, 1914....................1
1 Before the Great War....................5
2 Reevaluations....................46
3 After the Great War....................89
4 Modern Times....................135
5 After the Good War....................170
6 Circumspect and Prospect....................206
Conclusion: Millennium....................243
Notes....................253
Index....................285

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