A Concise History of History
Global Historiography from Antiquity to the Present
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- Author: Daniel Woolf, Queen's University, Ontario
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This short history of history is an ideal introduction for those studying or teaching the subject as part of courses on the historian's craft, historical theory and method, and historiography. Spanning the earliest known forms of historical writing in the ancient Near East right through to the present and covering developments in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, it also touches on the latest topics and debates in the field, such as 'Big History', 'Deep History' and the impact of the electronic age. It features timelines listing major dynasties or regimes throughout the world alongside historiographical developments; guides to key thinkers and seminal historical works; further reading; a glossary of terms; and sample questions to promote further debate at the end of each chapter. This is a truly global account of the process of progressive intercultural contact that led to the hegemony of Western historiographical methods.Read more
- Presents a global view of the major themes, and the most prominent thinkers and historians from the history of historical writing
- Includes sample questions at the end of each chapter to allow instructors to initiate class discussions and assign students with topics to consider further
- Written by a leading figure in the field, this will be invaluable to those students and instructors looking for a global historiographical focus
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‘A Concise History of History presents a truly global approach to the writing of history from ancient times to the present, integrating historiographical traditions from across the world into a pluralistic story. In a clear authorial voice shaped by years of teaching, Woolf examines history's multivocal past and speculates about its future.' Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin, MilwaukeeSee more reviews
‘In a field not over endowed with student texts, this is the ideal introduction. Daniel Woolf has produced a survey of historiography which is truly global, while conveying the richness of the western tradition. To convey all this in such lucid prose and such a concise edition is a remarkable achievement.' John Tosh, University of Roehampton
‘Daniel Woolf's A Concise History of History is lucid, balanced and accessible as well as wide-ranging in both space and time. It makes an ideal introduction to the subject for undergraduates and can be read with pleasure by anyone who wished to become aware of the variety of human approaches to the past.' Peter Burke, University of Cambridge
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- Date Published: January 2019
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108573658
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Table of Contents
1. The earliest forms of historical writing
2. History in Eurasia to the mid-fifteenth century
3. The sense of the past, 1450–1700
4. Enlightenment, revolution and reaction, c.1700–1830
5. Disciplining the past: professionalization, imperialism and science, 1830–1945
6. Transitions: historical writing from the inter-war period to the present
7. Where do we go from here? Reflections, new directions and prognostications.
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