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History and Historians in the Twentieth Century : British Academy Centenary Monographs - Peter Burke

History and Historians in the Twentieth Century

British Academy Centenary Monographs

By: Peter Burke (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2002
ISBN: 9780197262689
Number Of Pages: 264

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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.

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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. Contemporary Review Much that is interesting, fresh and well-written ... containing important contributions. History Today

Peter Burke: Introduction Miri Rubin: The Middle Ages, or Getting Less Medieval with the Past Peter Clark: The City BannJohn Breuilly: Historians and the Nation C. A. Bayly: The Orient: British Historical Writing about Asia since 1890 Ludmilla Jordanova: Gender E. A. Wrigley: Population History Roy Porter: Disease and the Historian David Feldman: Class Stephen Bann: The History of Art History in Britain: a Critical Context for Recent Developments and Debates Peter Burke: Historiography and Philosophy of History

ISBN: 9780197262689
ISBN-10: 0197262686
Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st May 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.54