A Textbook of Historiography, 500 B.C. to A.D. 2000

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Orient Blackswan, Jan 1, 2004 - Historiography - 570 pages
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This book traces the development of historiography from the days of Herodotus to those of postmodernism. It covers the ancient, medieval and the modern aspects of the subject and offers easy comprehension, clear and precise guidance and immediate utility. The author provides a balanced view of competing ideas and leads the reader into the vast arena of the subject. Two thousand five hundred years of historiography, including Indian historiography and the poststructuralist critique of history, constitutes this clear, analytical work.
  

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A technically good book and a good reference.
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The sections dealing with India's 'history' or 'historical sense are totally misconceived rooted as they are in the Hebraic monotheistic knowledge philosophy that is totally different from the Vedic knowledge philosophy, the only alternative knowledge culture to the Hebraic. It is indeed amazing that the at least 4000 old Vedic thought, that has had the strength to survive time and vandalisation, and its assumptions are measured against 19th century imperialistic European frames and that Itihasa-Puranas - to take one example - are expected to conform to a Collingwood's four parameters. This is an example of reasoning by a mind that uncritically accepts the contemporary Western/American theory and refuses to theorise theory. 

Contents

GREEK HISTORIOGRAPHY
5
Itivrua Vamsa and Vamsanticharita b The Parana and Itihasa
8
HISTORIOGRAPHY IN THE HELLENISTIC PERIOD
18
GraecoRoman Historians after Tacitus 5 The Character
33
MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN HISTORIOGRAPHY
43
MEDIEVAL MUSLIM HISTORIOGRAPHY
63
THE IMPACT OF THE RENAISSANCE
79
THE NEW SCIENCE OF HISTORY
99
PART II
258
POSTMODERNIST CHALLENGE TO HISTORY
281
Characterestics of Foucaults New Kind of History 5 Criticism
291
POSTMODERNIST HISTORICAL THEORY
298
and its Implications for History 3 Criticism of Postmodernist
309
THE MUGHAL PERIOD
356
INDOLOGY AND THE RECOVERY
386
BRITISH IMPERIALIST COLONIAL HISTORIOGRAPHY
400

THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY ENLIGHTENMENT
107
THE ROMANTIC REACTION AGAINST RATIONALISM
128
ROMANTICNATIONALISTLITERARY
151
Macaulay and Carlyle 4 Nationalist
164
CHAPTER 8
177
AUGUSTE COMTE
188
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY I
207
PART I
231
INDIAN NATIONALIST HISTORIOGRAPHY
426
Culture and Civilization 3 The Meaning Nature and Content
433
THE MARXIST PHASE
469
Irfan Habib 6 The Marxist Phase of Indian
486
SUBALTERN STUDIES
492
Bibliography
526
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