Modern Historiography: An Introduction

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Routledge, 1999 - History - 182 pages
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Modern Historiography is the essential introduction to the history of historical writing. It explains the broad philosophical background to the different historians and historical schools of the modern era, from James Boswell and Thomas Carlyle through to Lucien Febure and Eric Hobsbawm and surveys:

  • the Enlightenment and Counter Enlightenment
  • Romanticism
  • the voice of Science and the process of secularization within Western intellectual thought
  • the influence of, and broadening contact with, the New World
  • the Annales school in France
  • Postmodernism.

Modern Historiography provides a clear and concise account of this modern period of historical writing.

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If you want to read a book that name drops every other word ...this is your book. Read full review

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Had to read this for my Nature of History class. Author was very full of himself and pretty anti-American. While there was some good information, most of it was hard to muddle through because of the authors holier than thou attitude. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Michael Bentley is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews and well-known internationally to scholars interested in the history of historical writing. His Companion to Historiography (1997) and popular short guide, Modern Historiography: An Introduction (1999) have become bench texts for courses in historiography. Recently awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, Professor Bentley is currently writing a comparative analysis of Western historiography since the Enlightenment.

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