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Writing History: Theory and Practice, 2nd edition, provides an accessibly written overview of how the study of history is informed by a broader intellectual and analytical framework. Rather than focus on abstract theory, this book offers succinct explanations of the key concepts that illuminate the study of history and practical historical writing.
Part One of the book explains the emergence of history as an intellectual discipline from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Part Two examines different approaches, including Marxism, poststructuralism, psycho-history and comparative history. Part Three examines the application of a range of theories to particular fields such as politics, the economy, race, society and culture.
This fully revised edition includes new chapters on history and the social sciences, history and anthropology and the Annales and history. Writing History, 2nd edition, remains an invaluable introduction to the central debates that have shaped the field.
Notes on Contributors vii
1 The new scientificity in historical writing around 1800 Heiko Feldner 3
2 The Rankean tradition in British historiography, 1840 to 1950 John Warren 22
3 The professionalization and institutionalization of history Peter Lambert 40
4 Marxist historiography Geoff Eley 61
5 History and the social sciences John Harvey 81
6 The Annales Matthias Middell 108
7 Poststructuralism and history Kevin Passmore 123
8 Psychoanalysis and history Garthine Walker 147
9 Anthropological approaches David Gentilcore 165
10 Comparative history Stefan Berger 187
11 Political history Jon Lawrence 209
12 Social history Thomas Welskopp 228
13 Economic history Pat Hudson 248
14 Intellectual history/history of ideas Beverley Southgate 268
15 From women's history to gender history Laura Lee Downs 286
16 Race, ethnicity and history Miles Rosenberg 313
17 Voices from below: Doing people's history in Cardiff Docklands Glenn Jordan 330