Historiography in the Twentieth Century: From Scientific Objectivity to the Postmodern Challenge / Edition 2

Historiography in the Twentieth Century: From Scientific Objectivity to the Postmodern Challenge / Edition 2

by Georg G. Iggers
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0819567663

ISBN-13: 9780819567666

Pub. Date: 02/28/2005

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

In this book, now published in 10 languages, a preeminent intellectual historian examines the profound changes in ideas about the nature of history and historiography. Georg G. Iggers traces the basic assumptions upon which historical research and writing have been based, and describes how the newly emerging social sciences transformed historiography following

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In this book, now published in 10 languages, a preeminent intellectual historian examines the profound changes in ideas about the nature of history and historiography. Georg G. Iggers traces the basic assumptions upon which historical research and writing have been based, and describes how the newly emerging social sciences transformed historiography following World War II. The discipline's greatest challenge may have come in the last two decades, when postmodern ideas forced a reevaluation of the relationship of historians to their subject and questioned the very possibility of objective history. Iggers sees the contemporary discipline as a hybrid, moving away from a classical, macrohistorical approach toward microhistory, cultural history, and the history of everyday life. The new epilogue, by the author, examines the movement away from postmodernism towards new social science approaches that give greater attention to cultural factors and to the problems of globalization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819567666
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,051,186
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
I. Introduction
II. The Early Phase: The Emergence of History as a Professional Discipline
1. The Middle Phase: The Challenge of the Social Sciences
2. History and the Challenge of Postmodernism
3. Epilogue: A Retrospect from the Twenty-First Century
4. Notes
5. Suggested Readings
6. Index

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