The SAGE Handbook of Historical Theory represents the first comprehensive overview of the theoretical foundations of History and the applications of that theory in contemporary historical practice. The editors introduce the core areas of current debate within historical theory, bringing the reader as up to date with continuing debates and current developments as is possible. The book is divided into three parts, covering: - Part I. Foundations: The Theoretical Grounds for Knowledge of the Past - Part II. Applications: Theory-Intensive Areas in History - Part III. Coda. Post-Postmodernism: Directions and Interrogations. This important handbook brings together in one volume discussions of the role of modernity, empiricism, realism, post-modernity and deconstruction in the historian's craft. Chapters are written by leading writers from around the world and cover a wide spread of historical sub-disciplines, such as social history, intellectual history, narrative, gender, memory, psycho-analysis and cultural studies, taking in, along the way, the work of thinkers such as Paul Ricouer, Michel Foucault and Hayden White.
The Sage Handbook of Historical Theory is an essential resource for practising historians, and students of history, and will appeal to scholars in related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities who seek a closer understanding of the theoretical foundations of history.
PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS FOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE PAST - Nancy Partner Modernity and History: The Professional Discipline The Turn towards 'Science': Historians Delivering Untheorized Truth - Michael Bentley The Implications of Empiricism for History - Lutz Raphael The Case for Historical Imagination: Defending the Human Factor and Narrative - Jan van der Dussen The Annales School: Variations on Realism, Methods and Time - Joseph Tendler Intellectual History: From Ideas to Meanings - Donald R Kelley Social History: A New Kind of History - Brian Lewis Postmodernism: The Linguistic Turn and Historical Knowledge The Work of Hayden White I: Mimesis, Figuration, and the Writing of History - Robert Doran The Work of Hayden White II: Defamiliarizing Narrative - Kalle Pihlainen Derrida and Deconstruction: Challenges to the Transparency of Language - Robert M Stein The Return of Rhetoric - Hans Kellner Michel Foucault: The Unconscious of History and Culture - Clare O'Farrell History as Text: Narrative Theory and History - Ann Rigney The Boundaries of History and Fiction - Ann Curthoys and John Docker PART TWO: APPLICATIONS: THEORY-INTENSIVE AREAS OF HISTORY - Nancy Partner The Newest Social History: Crisis and Renewal - Brian Lewis Women's History/Feminist History - Judith P Zinsser Gender I: From Women's History to Gender History - Bonnie Smith Gender II: Masculinity Acquires a History - Karen Harvey Sexuality and History - Amy Richlin Psychoanalysis and the Making of History - Michael Roper New National Narratives - Kevin Foster Cultural Studies and History - Gilbert B Rodman Memory: Witness, Experience, Collective Meaning - Patrick H Hutton Postcolonial Theory and History - Benjamin Zachariah PART THREE: CODA. POST-POSTMODERNISM: DIRECTIONS AND INTERROGATIONS - Nancy Partner Post-Positivist Realism: Regrounding Representation - John H Zammito Historical Experience beyond the Linguistic Turn - Frank Ankersmit Photographs: Reading the Image for History - Judith Keilbach Digital Information: 'Let a hundred flowers bloom...' Is Digital a Cultural Revolution? - Valerie Johnson and David Thomas Recovering the Self: Agency after Deconstruction - David Gary Shaw The Fundamental Things Apply: Aristotle's Narrative Theory and the Classical Origins of Postmodern History - Nancy Partner
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