Historians on History: A Reader

Historians on History: A Reader


By (author) John Tosh

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  • Publisher: LONGMAN
  • Format: Paperback | 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 18mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Harlow
  • ISBN 10: 0582357950
  • ISBN 13: 9780582357952
  • Sales rank: 1,674,367

Product description

This Reader brings together the key writings of the major historians of the last century. They illuminate the political, social and personal assumptions which have governed and sustained historical practice and theory. The book also brings into focus the key historiographic trends since World War Two. Key themes which are highlighted include: - The role of sources - The nation - Marxism - Radicalism - Structural history - Gender - Race - Statistics and economics Ranging widely from the earlier traditions and schools to the wake of postmodernism, authors represented include Braudel, Zeldin, Elton Carr, Hobsbawm, Joyce and Evans. This Reader provides the core reading for all History and Theory courses and will promote further debate across cognate disciplines including philosophy and literature.

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Author information

John Tosh Professor of history at the Univerity of Surrey, Roehampton and is the author of The Pursuit of History for Longman.

Review quote

'a brilliant, and notably neutral, selection of readings, brilliantly introduced' Arthur Marwick, History

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. A Note on the Text. Introduction. I. HISTORY FOR ITS OWN SAKE. 1. Fidelity to the sources. 2. Empathy and imagination. II. POLITICAL HISTORIES. 3. History as progress. 4. The Nation. 5. Marxism. III. THE NEW RADICALISM. 6. People's History. 7. Gender. 8. Race. IV. LEARNING FROM HISTORY. 9. Persistence and change. 10. Beyond Stereotypes. 11. Qualified predictions. V. HISTORY AS SOCIAL SCIENCE. 12. New questions, new concepts. 13. The Authority of Numbers. 14. Reactions. VI. THE IMPACT OF POSTMODERNISM. 15. The assault on historicism. 16. The Backlash. 17. Assimilation and synthesis. VII. BEYOND ACADEMIA. Index.