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    DescriptionThis unprecedented book, by one of Britain's leading intellectual historians, describes the intellectual impact that the study and consideration of the past has had in the western world over the past 2500 years, treating the practise of history not as an isolated pursuit but as an aspect of human society and an essential part of the cultural history of Europe and America. It magnificently brings to life the work of historians from the Greeks to the present, explaining their distinctive qualities and allowing the modern reader to appreciate and enjoy them. But is also examines subjects as diverse as the new perspectives brought about by the rise of Rome, the interests of medieval chroniclers, the effects of Romanticism and the emergence towards the end of the nineteenth century of an historical profession.It sets out to be not the history of an academic discipline, but a history of choice: the choice of pasts, and the ways they have been demarcated, investigated, presented and even sometimes learned from as they have changed according to political, religious, cultural and (often most importantly) patriotic circumstances.


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    Title
    A History of Histories
    Subtitle
    Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Burrow
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 576
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 394 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140283792
    ISBN 10: 014028379X
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    DC22: 909
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    BIC subject category V2: HBAH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS016000
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHAH
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    01 January 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    John Burrow was professor of Intellectual History at the University of Sussex from 1981 to 1995 and Professor of European Thought at Oxford from 1995 to 2000. His earlier books include Evolution and Society: a study in Victorian Social Theory (1966), A Liberal Descent: four Victorian Historians (1981), which won the Wolfson Prize for History, Gibbon (1984) and The Crisis of Reason: European Thought 1848-1914 (2000). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.
    Review quote
    'if historians have a Valhalla, a hall of heroes, he has earned his place with this book' - Dominic Sandbrook, Evening Standard 'a triumphant success. The result is a highly enjoyable book, based on a vast amount of reading, written with attractive simplicity, brimming with acute observations, and often very witty. Anyone who wants to know what historical writing has contributed to our culture should start here' - Keith Thomas, Guardian 'This book is magnificent: a daunting combination of vast range, profound learning and high literary art. In 500 superbly crafted pages (miraculously succinct for the task in hand), Burrow's chapters treat of almost every imporant historian of the last two-and-a-half thousand years' - John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph