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From Herodotus to H-Net The Story of Historiography

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-04-02
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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From Herodotus to H-Net: The Story of Historiography, Second Edition, offers a concise but comprehensive and up-to-date account of the many ways history has been studied and recounted, from the ancient world to the new universe of the Internet. Clearly written and organized, 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 of the many forms of public history. Often drawing on what historians from Edward Gibbon to Natalie Zemon Davis have written about their own careers, From Herodotus to H-Net, Second Edition, brings the discipline of history alive for students and general readers.

Author Biography

Jeremy D. Popkin is the William T. Bryan Chair of History at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution (2019).

Table of Contents

About the Author


Chapter 1. What Is Historiography?
The Concerns of Historiography
This Book and Its Author
Justifying the Study of the Past
A Short Field Guide to the Varieties of History

Chapter 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 an Age of Belief
History in the Chinese and Islamic Worlds
The Late Middle Ages in Europe

Chapter 3. The Historiographical Revolution of the Early Modern Era
The Renaissance Revolution in Historiography
Historians in a New World
The Age of Print
History in the Age of the Enlightenment

Chapter 4. The Rise of Academic Scholarship and National History
The Revolutionary Era and the Development of Historical Consciousness
Ranke and His "Revolution"
Nationalism and Historical Scholarship
History and the Sciences of Society
A Historical Civilization

Chapter 5. Scientific History in an Era of Conflict
Critiques of Scientific History
World War I and the Understanding of History
The Founding of the "Annales" School
History and World War II
Social History in the Postwar Period
History in the Cold War World


Chapter 6. From Objectivity to the "Culture Wars": 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
"History Wars"

Chapter 7. History and Historians 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

Chapter 8. Historians at Work
The Graduate School Experience
Searching for a Job in History
The Quest for Tenure
Professors' Work
Is There Life after Tenure?
History Careers beyond Academia

Chapter 9. Conclusion

Suggestions for Further Reading

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