Postmodernist thinkers consider history to be not very far removed from a work of fiction, something dependent on historians' own interpretations of the past. Evans, however, argues that we can trust history and it is possible to be objective about what happened and what caused it to happen.
Wineburg has become the go-to guy for helping people, both teachers and administrators, think about how to teach kids history. This book is an accessible account of how we've tried to do it, why and how we've failed, and how we could do better.
A quarter-century after the publication of his classic account of man's attitudes to his past, David Lowenthal revisits how we celebrate, expunge, contest and domesticate the past to serve present needs. He shows how nostalgia and heritage now pervade every facet of public and popular culture.
Including a range of contemporary examples from Brexit to child sexual abuse to the impact of the internet, this is an important and practical introduction for all students of history.Inspiring and empowering, this book provides both students and general readers with a stimulating and practical rationale for the study of history.
Looking at the complex relationship between the discipline of history and the writing of lives, this key textbook provides an original and insightful introduction to a growing and increasingly important area of historical scholarship and research.
This textbook builds knowledge progressively and sympathetically, from first principles to advanced topics. An ideal handbook for the undergraduate, postgraduate and professional historian embarking on a dissertation or historical research.
This classic introduction to the study of history invites the reader to stand back and consider some of its most fundamental questions - what is the point of studying history? How do we know about the past? Does an objective historical truth exist and can we ever access it? This is an essential guide to the theory and practice of history.
A book on the study of history by G R Elton, it makes a major contribution to the question 'What is history?'. It sets out Elton's experience in the study, writing and teaching of history. It includes an which assesses the book's relationship to Elton's work, and its impact on the historical profession and its lessons for historians.
Western Civilization in World History takes up the recent debates about the well-established 'Western civ' approach versus the newer field of world history. Stearns reviews and analyzes key aspects of Western civilization in a global context.
This collection of key articles from critical thinkers and practicing historians focuses on where history is now in terms of its theory and practice. For students, teachers and historians alike, this is a useful reader.
Helps you develop the critical skills needed to get the most out of their history course. This book offers advice on: research methods, taking notes, participating in class, coursework, examinations, and the dissertation. It discusses the benefits and risks associated with online research. It offers a toolkit for history students.
A.J.P. Taylor was arguably the most influential and popular British historian of the 20th century. This biography explores Taylor's activities as historian, Oxford don, broadcast journalist, husband and friend during a brilliant life punctuated by success, failure and frequent controversy.
Addressing the key questions of what history is, and why and how one studies it, this text represents a positive affirmation of the vital importance to society of the study of the past, and of the many crucial learning outcomes which accrue from historical study.
* Surveys the evolution of historical thought in the Western World from biblical times to the present day. * Provides students with the background to contemporary historical debates and approaches. * Serves as a useful reference for researchers and teachers. * Includes chapters by 24 leading historians. .
Abuses of history can have dire consequences - look at Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Margaret MacMillan's argument for why history matters shows how treating the past with respect can lead us to a better understanding with the present.
A biography of the last and greatest British idealist philosopher, R G Collingwood (1889-1943), a man who both thought and lived at full pitch. Best known for his philosophies of history and art, Collingwood was also a historian, archaeologist, sailor, artist, and musician.
Fifty Key Works of History and Historiography introduces some of the most important texts ever written by those who have sought to understand, capture, query and interpret the past. The works covered include texts from ancient times to the present day and from different cultural traditions ensuring a wide variety of schools, methods and ideas are introduced.
Tells the definitive history of the Arab peoples from the seventh century, when the new religion of Islam began to spread from the Arabian Peninsula westwards, to the present day. For this edition, Malise Ruthven continues the history to include such recent events as the crisis in Iraq, the civil war in Algeria and the aftermath of September 11th.
Simon Schama, the author of Landscape and Memory and Citizens, sets out to tell the history of two certainties, of two deaths. In discussing the 'speculations' surrounding them, he finds himself involved in a history he cannot classify - the unpredictable history of stories
In this volume, English historian Richard Evans offers a defence of his craft. At a time of deep scepticism about our ability to learn anything from the past, even to recapture any serious sense of past cultures and ways of life, Evans shows us why history is possible and necessary.
Widely acclaimed for its accessibility and engaging approach to the subject, the fourth edition of The Methods and Skills of History combines theory and instruction with hands-on practice, making it a comprehensive guide to historical research and writing.
To mark the 40th anniversary of this text, this updated volume reviews the state of the discipline at the beginning of the 21st century. Renowned scholars ask and seek to answer Carr's question for a new generation of historians: what does it mean to study history at the start of the 21st century?
This is the first book to tackle public, non-academic history for the student and general reader. Furthermore, it does so from a truly global perspective as opposed to focusing on the traditional Western-dominated model.
John Lukacs asserts that now, even at the end of the modern age, our understanding of the universe is based on what we fallible human beings have imagined and defined in a historical continuum; it is religion that is the source of the highest form of knowledge.
These posthumous essays by Joan Kelly, a founder of women's studies, represent a profound synthesis of feminist theory and historical analysis and require a realignment of perspectives on women in society from the Middle Ages to the present.
Gathers together key articles that have shaped the dynamic historiography, and introduces students to the major shifts and turning points in this dialogue. This is a guide to developments in feminist history, and is useful to students of history.
In recent decades, oral history has matured into an established field of critical importance to historians and social scientists alike. Handbook of Oral History captures the current state-of-the-art, identifies major strands of intellectual development, and predicts key directions for future growth in theory, research, and application.