A Companion to Western Historical Thought (Wiley Blackwell Companions to World History)

A Companion to Western Historical Thought (Wiley Blackwell Companions to World History)

By: Lloyd S. Kramer (editor), Sarah Maza (editor)Hardback

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This broad survey introduces readers to the major themes, figures, traditions and theories in Western historical thought, tracing its evolution from biblical times to the present. 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.

About Author

Lloyd Kramer is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His previous publications include Threshold of a New World: Intellectuals and the Exile Experience in Paris, 1830-1848 (1988), Lafayette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions (1996), and Nationalism: Political Cultures in Europe and America, 1775-1865 (1998). Sarah Maza is Jane Long Professor of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She is the author of Servants and Masters in Eighteenth-century France (1983) and Private Lives and Public Affairs: The Causes Celebres of Pre-Revolutionary France (1993).


List of Contributors viii Acknowledgments xii Introduction: The Cultural History of Historical Thought 1Lloyd Kramer and Sarah Maza PART I THE PRE-MODERN ORIGINS OF WESTERN HISTORICAL THOUGHT 1 Historiography in Ancient Israel 15John Van Seters 2 Historical Thought in Ancient Greece 35Philip A. Stadter 3 Historical Thought in Ancient Rome 60J. E. Lendon 4 Historical Thought in Medieval Europe 78Gabrielle M. Spiegel 5 Historical Thought in the Renaissance 99Paula Findlen PART II THE SHAPING OF MODERN WESTERN HISTORICAL THOUGHT 6 Historical Thought in the Era of the Enlightenment 123Johnson Kent Wright 7 German Historical Thought in the Age of Herder, Kant, and Hegel 143Harold Mah 8 German Historical Writing from Ranke to Weber: The Primacy of Politics 166Harry Liebersohn 9 National History in the Age of Michelet, Macaulay, and Bancroft 185Thomas N. Baker 10 Marxism and Historical Thought 205Walter L. Adamson PART III PATTERNS IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY WESTERN HISTORICAL THOUGHT 11 The Professionalization of Historical Studies and the Guiding Assumptions of Modern Historical Thought 225Georg G. Iggers 12 The History of Armed Power 243Peter Paret 13 Total History and Microhistory: The French and Italian Paradigms 262David A. Bell 14 Anthropology and the History of Culture 277William M. Reddy 15 The History of Science, Or, an Oxymoronic Theory of Relativistic Objectivity 297Ken Alder 16 Language, Literary Studies, and Historical Thought 319Susan A. Crane 17 Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Historical Thought 337Lynn Hunt 18 Redefining Historical Identities: Sexuality, Gender, and the Self 357Carolyn J. Dean 19 Historicizing Natural Environments: The Deep Roots of Environmental History 372Andrew C. Isenberg PART IV CHALLENGES TO THE BOUNDARIES OF WESTERN HISTORICAL THOUGHT 20 The New World History 393Jerry H. Bentley 21 Postcolonial History 417Prasenjit Duara 22 The Multicultural History of Nations 432Donna R. Gabaccia 23 New Technologies and Historical Knowledge 447James M. Murray 24 The Visual Media and Historical Knowledge 466Robert A. Rosenstone Consolidated Bibliography 482 Index 495

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  • ISBN13: 9780631217145
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 532
  • ID: 9780631217145
  • weight: 1022
  • ISBN10: 0631217142

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