New Perspectives on Historical Writing

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Penn State Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Social Science - 306 pages
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A new edition of this best-selling collection of essays by leading experts on historical methodology.

Since its first publication in 1992, New Perspectives on Historical Writing has become a key reference work used by students and researchers interested in the most important developments in the methodology and practice of history. For this new edition, the book has been thoroughly revised and updated and includes an entirely new chapter on environmental history.

Peter Burke is joined here by a distinguished group of internationally renowned historians, including Robert Darnton, Ivan Gaskell, Richard Grove, Giovanni Levi, Roy Porter, Gwyn Prins, Joan Scott, Jim Sharpe, Richard Tuck, and Henk Wesseling. The contributions examine a wide range of interdisciplinary areas of historical research, including women's history, history &"from below,&" the history of reading, oral history, the history of the body, microhistory, the history of events, the history of images, and political history.

 

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Contents

Overture The New History Its Past and its Future
1
History from Below Jim Sharpe
25
Womens History Joan W Scott
43
Overseas History
71
On Microhistory
97
Oral History
120
History of Reading
157
Visual History Ivan Gaskell
187
History of Political Thought
218
History of the Body Reconsidered
233
Environmental History
261
History of Events and the Revival of Narrative
283
Index
301
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Peter Burke is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Emmanuel College.

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