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History and historians in the twentieth century /
edited by Peter Burke.
imprint
Oxford : Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2002.
description
x, 253 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0197262686
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Oxford : Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2002.
isbn
0197262686
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Series statement from dust jacket.
catalogue key
4745264
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Much that is interesting, fresh and well-written ... containing important contributions.
These ten reflective essays ... cover a wide variety of topics ... There is also a useful introduction by the editor in which he describes the various changes that have occurred in British historiography in the century just past.
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A major intellectual debate in the historical profession at the beginning of the 21st century concerns the status of accounts of the past. These ten essays present a historical and critical overview of British historical thought and writing since 1900.
Long Description
One of the major intellectual debates at the beginning of the new century concerns the status of accounts of the past. Do historians discover or invent, construct or reconstruct the objects they study? The discussion has been particularly lively in France and in the USA, and it is therefore appropriate that a group of distinguished historians from Britain should now engage with this subject. These ten essays present a historical and critical overview of British historical thought and writing since 1900, focusing on selected periods, regions, disciplines, and themes. This challenging volume will intrigue anyone interested in the process of history writing.
Long Description
One of the major intellectual debates inside and outside the historical profession at the beginning of the new century concerns the status of accounts of the past. Can historians tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Do they discover or invent, construct or reconstruct the objects they study? This volume provides a collective reflection by historians, as a contribution to the debates about knowledge in the 'postmodern' age. This discussion resembles one that was in progress a hundred years ago - is history a science (as Bury claimed) or an art (as Trevelyan asserted)? The recent debate has been particularly lively in France and in the USA. It is therefore appropriate that a group of historians from Britain should now engage with this subject, in one of a series of volumes celebrating the British Academy's own centenary in 2002. The essays present a historical and critical overview of historical thought and writing since 1900, focusing on selected major topics - whether periods (such as the Middle Ages), regions (such as 'the Orient'), disciplines (art history, historiography, historical demography), or themes (nation, class, disease, gender). This challenging volume will intrigue anyone interested in the process of history writing.
Main Description
One of the major intellectual debates inside and outside the historical profession at the beginning of the new century concerns the status of accounts of the past. Can historians tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Do they discover or invent, construct or reconstruct theobjects they study? This volume provides a collective reflection by historians, as a contribution to the debates about knowledge in the 'postmodern' age.This discussion resembles one that was in progress a hundred years ago - is history a science (as Bury claimed) or an art (as Trevelyan asserted)? The recent debate has been particularly lively in France and in the USA. It is therefore appropriate that a group of historians from Britain should nowengage with this subject, in one of a series of volumes celebrating the British Academy's own centenary in 2002.The essays present a historical and critical overview of historical thought and writing since 1900, focusing on selected major topics - whether periods (such as the Middle Ages), regions (such as 'the Orient'), disciplines (art history, historiography, historical demography), or themes (nation,class, disease, gender).This challenging volume will intrigue anyone interested in the process of history writing.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors
Introductionp. 1
The Middle Ages, or Getting Less Medieval with the Pastp. 11
The Cityp. 37
Historians and the Nationp. 55
The Orient: British Historical Writing about Asia since 1890p. 88
Genderp. 120
Population Historyp. 141
Disease and the Historianp. 165
Classp. 181
The History of Art History in Britain: A Critical Context for Recent Developments and Debatesp. 207
Historiography and Philosophy of Historyp. 230
Indexp. 251
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