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Introduction: The Project of Historiography Section 1: Beginnings - East and West Introduction 1.1 Asian Historiography: Two Traditions 1.2 Historiography and Greek Self-Definition .3 Re-Reading the Roman Historians 1.4 The Historiography of Rural Labour 1.5 Towards Late-Antiquity Section 2: The Medieval World Introduction 2.1 The Historiography of the Medieval State 2.2 Saladin and the Third Crusade 2.3 Family and Household 2.4 The Medieval Nobility 2.5 Armies and Warfare 2.6 Popular Religion Section 3: Early-Modern Historiography Introduction 3.1 The Idea of Early Modern History 3.2 The Scientific Revolution 3.3 Intellectual History 3.4 The English Reformation 3.5 Popular Culture in the Early-Modern West 3.6 Revisionism in Britain Section 4: Reflecting on the Modern Age Introduction I: Revolution and Ideology 4.1 The French Revolution 4.2 The Soviet Revolution 4.3 National Socialism in Germany 4.4 Fascism and Beyond in Italy 4.5 Orientalism London: II Area Studies 4.6 China 4.7 Japan 4.8 India 4.9 Africa 4.10 North America 4.11 Latin America Section 5: Contexts for the Writing of History I: Hinterlands 5.1 History and Philosophy 5.2 History and Anthropology 5.3 History and Archaeology 5.4 History of Art II: Approaches 5.5 The Historical Narrative 5.6 The Annales School 5.7 Marxist Historiography 5.8 Women in Historiography 5.9 Comparative World History 5.10 Archives and Technology

About the Author

Michael Bentley is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews. He has written extensively on Modern British History and teaches courses in historiography and historical theory.


This unique reference work provides a general guide to the study of the way history has been written, offering 45 substantial essays that examine the techniques, approaches, and biases that have influenced historians to the present. Editor Bentley (modern history, Univ. of St. Andrews, Scotland) divides the volume by period and examines the writing of history from both Western and Eastern perspectives. Each section begins with an introductory overview of the time period and then includes several essays on events or topics. The volume ends with a section on nonperiod issues and approaches to history. One problem with many of the essays is the targeting of an English-speaking market; if a history has not been translated into English, it is generally not included‘a serious drawback for those interested in the construction of the histories of, say, Latin America and Asia. Still, this product of the British academic community contains a range of informative, though not particularly innovative, essays in a single volume. A valuable addition to academic reference collections.‘Mark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, Utah

..."thanks to the consummate skill of Bentley and his colleagues. Historians, whatever their specialties, can read this book with profit and pleasure.."

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