9780415780339

The Theory and Practice of History: Edited with an introduction by Georg G. Iggers

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    9780415780339

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    0415780330

  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-04-20
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Leopold von Ranke, who was born in 1795, is considered to be one of the founders of the modern practice of writing history. This collection of his writings, edited and introduced by Georg G. Iggers, was first published in 1973 and remains the leading collection of Ranke's writings in the English language.Now updated with the needs of current students in mind, this edition includes previously untranslated materials by the young Ranke, focusing particularly on the relationship between history and religion together with his inaugural lecture of 1836 'On the Relation and Difference between History and Politics'. Including pieces on historical science, and on the relationship between history and philosophy, as well as country specific histories, this book is essential reading for all students of historiography.

Author Biography

Leopold von Ranke, who was born in 1795, is considered to be one of the founders of the modern practice of writing history. This collection of his writings, edited and introduced by Georg G. Iggers, was first published in 1973 and remains the leading collection of Ranke's writings in the English language. Georg G. Iggers is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has published numerous influential works on historiography including his co-authored Global History of Historiography (2008) and Twentieth Century Historiography (2005). He has received many fellowships including the Guggenheim, the Rockefeller, the Newberry Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was also formerly a Fulbright fellow and a Woodrow Wilson Center fellow and recipient of Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize. From 1995 to 2000 he was president of the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Bibliographical Notep. xlvi
The Idealistic Theory of Historiographyp. 1
The Young Ranke's Vision of History and God (Excerpts from a letter to his brother Heinrich from Frankfurt/Oder, end of March 1820)p. 4
On the Relations of History and Philosophy (A manuscript of the 1830s)p. 5
On the Character of Historical Science (A manuscript of the 1830s)p. 8
The Pitfalls of a Philosophy of History (Introduction to a lecture on universal history; a manuscript of the 1840s)p. 17
On Progress in History (From the first lecture to King Maximilian II of Bavaria ˘On the Epochs of Modern History÷, 1854)p. 20
The Role of the Particular and the General in the Study of Universal History (A manuscript of the 1860s)p. 24
The Idealistic Theory of the Statep. 27
The Great Powers (1833)p. 29
A Dialogue on Politics (1836)p. 54
On the Relation of and Distinction between History and Politics (1836)p. 75
The Prefacesp. 83
Preface to the First Edition of Histories of the Latin and Germanic Peoples (October 1824)p. 85
Preface to History of the Popes (1834)p. 88
Preface to History of France (1852)p. 93
Preface to History of England (1859)p. 96
Preface to Universal History (1880)p. 102
History of the Popesp. 105
History of the Popes (1834)p. 107
Indexp. 143
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