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From Herodotus to H-Net: The Story of Historiography offers a concise yet comprehensive and up-to-date account of the many ways in which history has been studied and recounted, from the ancient world to the new universe of the Internet. It shows how the same issues that historians debate today were already recognized in past centuries, and how the efforts of historians in the past remain relevant today. Balanced and fair-minded, the book covers the development of modern academic scholarship, but also helps students appreciate the contributions of popular historians and public history.
Jeremy D. Popkin is the William T. Bryan Chair of History at the University of Kentucky.
Table of Contents
Preface About the Author
Part I: Historiography from Herodotus to the Twentieth Century
1. What is Historiography? The Concerns of Historiography The Book and Its Author Justifying the Study of the Past A Short Field Guide to the Varieties of History
2. History in Ancient and Medieval Times Herodotus and Thucydides History-Writing in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds The Origins of Chinese Historiography History, Judaism, and Christianity History in the Middle Ages History in the Chinese and Islamic Worlds The Late Middle Ages in Europe
3. The Historiographical Revolution of the Early Modern Era The Renaissance Revolution in Historiography Historians in a New World History in the Age of Print History in the Age of the Enlightenment
4. The Nineteenth Century and the Rise of Academic Scholarship The Revolutionary Era and the Development of the Historical Consciousness Ranke and his 'Revolution' Nationalism and Historical Scholarship History and the Sciences of Society A Historical Civilization
5. Scientific History in an Era of Conflict Critiques of Scientific History The First World War and the Understanding of History The Founding of the "Annales" School History and the Second World War Social History in the Postwar Period History in the Cold War World
Part II: Historiography in the Contemporary World
6. Glorious Confusion: Historiography from the 1960s to the End of the Millennium The Challenges of the 1960s Searching for a New History New Paradigms for History Women's History and the History of Gender Relations Contesting Eurocentrism The History of Memory The "History Wars"
7. History in a New Millennium A Historical Controversy to end the Millennium History in the Internet Era History Beyond the Printed Page New Directions in Historical Scholarship
8. Historians at Work So You Want to Go to Graduate School Searching for a Job in History The Quest for Tenure Professors' Work Is There Life After Tenure? History Careers Outside of Academia