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Houses of History : A Critical Reader in Twentieth-Century History and Theory

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New York University Press


Every piece of historical writing has a theoretical basis on which evidence is selected, filtered, and understood. This is as true of scientific empiricism as it is of poststructualism.The Houses of Historyprovides a comprehensive introduction to the twelve schools of thought which have had the greatest influence on the study of history in the twentieth century. Ranging from Empiricism to Postcolonialism, Marxism to the Ethnohistorians, each chapter begins with an introduction to the particular school, the main protagonists, the critics, and is followed by a useful section of further readings. From the classic, such as G. R. Elton's "England Under the Tudors" and E. P. Thompson's "The Making of the English Working Class," to the recent, such as Henrietta Whiteman's "White Buffalo Woman" and Judith Walkowitz's "City of Dreadful Delight," the diverse selections collected here bring together the leading historians and theorists of the century.Comprehensive and accessible to undergraduates,The Houses of Historyis ideally suited to classroom use.

Table of Contents

The empiricistsp. 1
Marxist historiansp. 33
Freud and psychohistoryp. 59
The Annalesp. 87
Historical sociologyp. 110
Quantitative historyp. 141
Anthropology and ethnohistoriansp. 172
The question of narrativep. 204
Oral historyp. 230
Gender and historyp. 253
Postcolonial perspectivesp. 277
The challenge of poststructuralism/postmodernismp. 297
Indexp. 326
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