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From the Publisher"What is Cultural History? is replete with useful information. Professor Burke is excellent at giving the reader handy sketches of the ideas of Michel de Certeau, Michel Foucault, Orientalism, the representation of the body, material culture, and so on."
The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory
"Peter Burke is the leading cultural historian of our generation, and this book shows why. Through subtlety of thought, elegance of expression and stunning scholarship, always lightly but powerfully deployed, he offers us here a series of conversations about how historians have tried to understand signifying practices in the past. His voice is that of a learned and congenial companion, taking a stroll with us through the pathways of historical writing. No one in this rapidly growing field can afford to be without this book."
Jay Winter, Yale University
"Peter Burke has done it again! Outstanding scholar of early modern Europe, Burke has added an important work to his writings on the historian’s craft. From its nineteenth-century origins, 'cultural history' appears here in its varied recent forms, shifting in its relation to social history, anthropology and literature, and changing its terms, concepts and targets. Both critical and generous, Burke suggests the paths ahead. This lucid book will delight any reader who wants to learn what contemporary historians are up to and where they might go."
Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto