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.
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.
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.
In this introduction to the practical application of History, John Tosh persuasively argues we are in danger of missing history's principal contribution. Using topical examples from the Iraq War to AIDS to globalization, this text shows how history can provide the basis for an informed and critical understanding of our society.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
* 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. .
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.
In a city as ancient as Venice, myths and legends passed down from generation to generation record more than just love or murder. This title recounts some of Venice's most intriguing tales: an elephant brought in for Carnival wreaks havoc upon the city before seeking refuge in a church, and more.
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.
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.
Taking the work of Hoskins as a starting point, the contributors show how local history is being researched and written today. Fifteen historians write about a variety of local history subjects which are significant in their own right but which also point to current trends in the subject.
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.