This book provides an accessible introduction to a wide range of concerns that have preoccupied historians over time. Global in scope, it explores historical perspectives not only from historiography itself but from related areas such as literature, sociology, geography and anthropology which have entered into productive dialogues with history.
Clearly written and accessible, this third edition is fully revised with an updated structure and new areas of historical enquiry and themes added, including the history of emotions, video history and global pandemics. In all of this, the authors have attempted to think beyond the boundaries of the West and consider varied approaches to history. They do so by engaging with theoretical perspectives and methodologies that have provided the foundation for good historical practice. The authors analyse how historians can improve their skills by learning about the discipline of historiography, that is, how historians go about the task of exploring the past and determining where the line separating history from other disciplines, such as sociology or geography, runs.
History: An Introduction to Theory and Method 3ed is an essential resource for students of historical theory and method working at both an introductory and more advanced level.
Part 1: Philosophies 1. From the ancients to the Christians 2. From the Middle Ages to the Early Modern 3. Enlightenment and Romanticism 4. The English Tradition 5. The North American Tradition 6. Histories of Revolutions; Revolutionary histories 7. Postmodernism and Postcolonialism Part 2: Varieties 8. Political History 9. Economic History 10. Social History 11. Cultural History 12. Feminism, Gender and Queer History 13. Public History 14. Visual History 15. Global history 16. Environmental history Part 3: Interdisciplinarities 17. Archaeology 18. Anthropology 19. Literature 20. Geography Part 4: Methods 21. Proof and the problem of objectivity 22. Ordering of time 23. Archives in a Digital World 24. Oral History