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The Houses of History : A Critical Reader in History and Theory : 2nd Edition - Anna Green

The Houses of History

A Critical Reader in History and Theory : 2nd Edition

Paperback Published: 1st August 2016
ISBN: 9780719096211
Number Of Pages: 496

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The houses of history is a clear, jargon-free introduction to the major theoretical approaches employed by historians. This innovative critical reader provides accessible introductions to fourteen schools of thought, from the empiricist to the postcolonial, including chapters on Marxist history, Freud and psychohistory, the Annales, historical sociology, narrative, gender, public history and the history of the emotions.

Each chapter begins with a succinct description of the ideas integral to a particular theory. The authors then explore the insights and controversies arising from the application of this model, drawing upon debates and examples from around the world. Each chapter concludes with a representative example from a historian writing within this conceptual framework.

This newly revised edition of the highly successful textbook is the ideal basis for an introductory course in history and theory for students of history at all levels.

About the Author

Anna Green is Associate Professor in the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.

Kathleen Troup is Associate in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne.

Educational and interesting in the process


I purchased this book as it was listed as the textbook for the Big History unit, however a week later that textbook changed, and I also decided to study a different unit. As I have not thoroughly read the book I cannot give a thorough review, however, my brief readings here and there indicate that there is a lot of content which will interest both the student and curious self-educating person alike. Any book that assists with broadening the mind and thinking processes is a good book, so I recommend it on that basis and because it is easy to read for the layman.

Brisbane, Australia



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1. The empiricists
2. Marxist historians
3. Freud and psychohistory
4. The Annales.
5. Historical Sociology
6. Quantative history
7. Anthropology and ethnohistorians
8. The question of narrative
9. Gender and history
10. The challenge of poststructuralism/postmodernism
11. Postcolonial perspectives
12. Public history
13. Oral history
14. History of emotions

ISBN: 9780719096211
ISBN-10: 0719096219
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st August 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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