Historiography Ancient, Medieval, and Modern

ISBN-10: 0226072835

ISBN-13: 9780226072838

Edition: 3rd 2006

Authors: Ernst Breisach

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In this pioneering work, Ernst Breisach presents an effective, well-organized, and concise account of the development of historiography in Western culture. Neither a handbook nor an encyclopedia, this up-to-date third edition narrates and interprets the development of historiography from its origins in Greek poetry to the present, with compelling sections on postmodernism, deconstructionism, African-American history, women’s history, microhistory, the Historikerstreit, cultural history, and more. The definitive look at the writing of history by a historian, Historiography provides key insights into some of the most important issues, debates and innovations in modern historiography. Praise for the first edition: “Breisach’s comprehensive coverage of the subject and his clear presentation of the issues and the complexity of an evolving discipline easily make his work the best of its kind.”—Lester D. Stephens, American Historical Review
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 500
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The Emergence of Greek Historiography
The Timeless Past of Gods and Heroes
Discovering a Past of Human Dimensions
The Era of the Polis and Its Historians
The New History of the Polis
The Decline of the Polis: The Loss of Focus
Reaching the Limits of Greek Historiography
The History of a Special Decade
Hellenistic Historiography: Beyond the Confines of the Polis
The Problem of New Regions and People
Early Roman Historiography Myths, Greeks, and the Republic
An Early Past Dimly Perceived
The Roman Past and Greek Learning
Greco-Roman History Writing: Triumph and a Latin Response
Historians and the Republic's Crisis
History as Inspiration and Structural Analysis
History Divorced from Rome's Fate
Perceptions of the Past in Augustan and Imperial Rome
History Writing in the "New Rome" of Augustus
Historians and the Empire
The Christian Historiographical Revolution
The Formulation of Early Christian Historiography
The Problem of Continuity in an Age of Upheaval
The Carolingian and Anglo-Saxon Consolidation in Historiography
The Historiographical Mastery of New Peoples, States, and Dynasties
Integrating Peoples into Latin Historiography
Legitimizing New States and Dynasties
Historians and the Ideal of the Christian Commonwealth
The Last Synthesis of Empire and Christianity
The Persistence of Christian Themes
Histories of a Grand and Holy Venture: The Crusades
Historiography's Adjustment to Accelerating Change
The Search for Developmental Patterns
Transformations of the Chronicle
Two Turning Points The Renaissance and The Reformation
The Italian Renaissance Historians
Humanist Revisionism Outside of Italy
The Collapse of Spiritual Unity
The Continuing Modification of Traditional Historiography
The Blending of Theoretical and Patriotic Answers
Universal History: A Troubled Tradition
Historians, the New Politics, and New Perceptions of the World
The Origin and Early Forms of American History
The Eighteenth-Century Quest for a new Historiography
The Reassessment of Historical Order and Truth
New Views on Historical Truth
New Grand Interpretations: Progress in History
New Grand Interpretations: The Cyclical Pattern
Three National Responses
The British Blend of Erudition, Elegance, and Empiricism
Enlightenment Historiography in a German Key
Recording the Birth of the American Nation
Historians as Interpreters of Progress and Nation-I
German Historians: The Causes of Truth and National Unity
France: Historians, the Nation, and Liberty
Historians as Interpreters of Progress and Nation-II
English Historiography in the Age of Revolution
Historians and the Building of the American Nation
Historiography's "Golden Age"
A First Prefatory Note to Modern Historiography (1860-1914)
History and the Quest for a Uniform Science
Comte's Call to Arms and the Response
The German and English Responses to Positivist Challenges
The Peculiar American Synthesis
The Discovery of Economic Dynamics
An Economic Perspective on the Past
Karl Marx: Paneconomic Historiography
Economic History after Marx
Historians Encounter the Masses
Jubilant and Dark Visions
Social History as Institutional History
The American "New History": Call for a Democratic History
The Problem of World History
Historiography Between Two World Wars (1918-39)
The Twentieth-Century Context
Challenges to Historians
Historicism: From Dominance to Crisis
Historians and the War Guilt Debate
History Writing in Liberal Democracies (1918-39)
American Historiography after the "Great War"
American Progressive History
Other Social Histories
England: Historiography in a Fading Empire
French Historians: The Revolutionary Tradition and a New Vision of the Past
Historiography and the Grand Ideologies
Italian Fascism and Historiography (1922-43)
German Historians in the Weimar Republic and Hitler's Reich
The Soviet Union: The Imagined Future as the Guide for History
American Historiography after 1945
New Realities and Traditional Horizons
Historiographical Repercussions of America's New Status
Historiography as Call for Reform
History in the Scientific Mode
History in the Language of Numbers
Reshaping Economic History
Growing Dissent: Narrativism
Psychohistory: Promise and Problems
Transformations in English and French Historiography
Voices in the War Guilt Debate
History Writing in Post-imperial England
Traditional and New French Historical Perspectives
Marxist Historiography in the Soviet Union and Western Democracies
The Problems and the End of the Soviet Union's Marxism
Marxist Historical Theory in the West
Historiography in the Aftermath of Fascism
Historical Perspectives in Postwar Italy
History for and of a New Germany
World History Between Vision and Reality
The Multiple Cultures Model
Progress and Westernization
World System Theories
Recent Historiography: Fundamental Challenges and Their Aftermath
The Maturation of the New History
History and Two Visions of Postmodernity
The New Cultural History
Prospects
Notes
List of Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index of Persons and Anonymous Works
Index of Subjects
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