Historiography: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern, Third Edition

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 30, 2007 - History - 503 pages
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In this pioneering work, Ernst Breisach presents an effective, well-organized, and concise account of the development of historiography in Western culture. Neither a handbook nor an encyclopedia, this up-to-date third edition narrates and interprets the development of historiography from its origins in Greek poetry to the present, with compelling sections on postmodernism, deconstructionism, African-American history, women’s history, microhistory, the Historikerstreit, cultural history, and more. The definitive look at the writing of history by a historian, Historiography provides key insights into some of the most important issues, debates and innovations in modern historiography.

Praise for the first edition: “Breisach’s comprehensive coverage of the subject and his clear presentation of the issues and the complexity of an evolving discipline easily make his work the best of its kind.”—Lester D. Stephens, American Historical Review
  

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Review: Historiography: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

Ernst Breisach s book, Historiography is best summarized by his comments in the introduction on page 2. He states, Every important new discovery about the past changes how we think about ... Read full review

Review: Historiography: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern

User Review  - Jennifer Lynn - Goodreads

While it is a very ideal and important read for history studies, it was a struggle to focus on it. I do completely see its importance on the road for a degree in History, though, but prepare to force yourself to read it. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Emergence of Greek Historiography
5
2 The Era of the Polis and Its Historians
12
3 Reaching the Limits of Greek Historiography
27
4 Early Roman Historiography Myths Greeks and the Republic
40
5 Historians and the Republics Crisis
52
6 Perceptions of the Past in Augustan and Imperial Rome
60
7 The Christian Historiographical Revolution
77
19 The Discovery of Economic Dynamics
291
20 Historians Encounter the Masses
303
21 The Problem of World History
319
22 Historiography Between Two World Wars 191839
323
23 History Writing in Liberal Democracies 191839
334
24 Historiography and the Grand Ideologies
347
25 American Historiography after 1945
356
26 History in the Scientific Mode
369

8 The Historiographical Mastery of New Peoples States and Dynasties
107
9 Historians and the Ideal of the Christian Commonwealth
121
10 Historiographys Adjustment to Accelerating Change
138
11 Two Turning Points The Renaissance and The Reformation
153
12 The Continuing Modification of Traditional Historiography
171
13 The EighteenthCentury Quest for a new Historiography
199
14 Three National Responses
215
15 Historians as Interpreters of Progress and NationI
228
16 Historians as Interpreters of Progress and NationII
248
17 A First Prefatory Note to Modern Historiography 18601914
268
18 History and the Quest for a Uniform Science
272
27 Transformations in English and French Historiography
387
28 Marxist Historiography in the Soviet Unionand Western Democracies
395
29 Historiography in the Aftermath of Fascism
401
30 World History Between Vision and Reality
408
Fundamental Challenges and Their Aftermath
417
Notes
431
List of Abbreviations
443
Bibliography
445
Index of Persons and Anonymous Works
481
Index of Subjects
497
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Ernst Breisach is professor emeritus of history at Western Michigan University and the author of several books, including American Progressive History: An Experiment in Modernization and On the Future of History: The Postmodernist Challenge and Its Aftermath, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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