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Bloomsbury History: Theory and Method contains new and exclusive article content on a wide range of carefully selected topics within five distinctive sections on the resource. These articles are consistently structured to enable users to understand the origins, significance and legacy of the subject in question. The article collection is intended to present a diverse range of voices and global coverage of the subject as far as possible. All articles are commissioned and reviewed by a prestigious academic editor team, with an additional layer of peer review provided by the Editor-in-Chief and further resource development guidance provided by the distinguished editorial advisory board.

Article coverage broken down by section as it stands is as follows:

Essays on Theory, Method and Historiography

Abuse of History; Affect Theory and History of Emotions; Autobiography; Big History; Causality; Conceptual History; Counterfactual History; Critical Heritage; Environmental History; Epistemology; Evidence/Proof; Fact; Global History in China; Historical Analogies, Historia magistra vitae; Historical Culture; History and Anthropology; History of Historiography; History of Ideas; Intellectual Honesty and the Purpose of History; Marxism and its Influence; Micro-history; Narrative; Objectivity; Philosophy of Historiography; Philosophy of History: Speculative Approaches; Posthuman History; Professionalisation of History; Public History; Regime of Historicity; Regional History; The Material Turn in Historical Writing; The Role of Antiquity in Medieval Historiography; What is Historiography and Why Does It Matter?; What is History and Why Does It Matter?

Key Thinkers

Adu Boahen; B. Ogot; Bala Usman; Bolanle Awe; Catherine Hall; Catherine Macaulay; Cheikh Anta Diop; Friedrich Nietzsche; G. W. F. Hegel; Gyula Szekfue; J. F. Ade Ajayi; Joan Wallach Scott; Johan Huizinga; Johann Gustav Droysen; K. O. Dike; Lynn Hunt; Obaro Ikime; Philipp de Mezieres; R G Collingwood; Reinhart Koselleck; Ssu-ma Ch'ien; Wilhelm von Humboldt; William Dray

Using Primary Sources

Autobiography; Diaries (Early Modern); Ecclesiastical Records; Fashion; Film; Folklore; Letters (Modern); Mass Observation; Museum Objects; Newspapers; Oral History; Portraits; Slave Narratives; Statistics

Key Concepts

Afrocentricity; Agency; Anachronism; Citizenship related to History Education; Class; Covering Laws; Empathy; Equality; Event/Eventual History; Experience; Gender; Genocide; Heritage; Hermeneutics; Historical Culture; Historical Thinking; Historicity; Identity/Collective Identities; Medievalism; Narrative Template; Representation; Secularization; Social Movements; Time

Classic Texts in Context

Livy, History of Rome; Ranke, History of the Latin and Teutonic Nations; Marx, Capital; Tacitus, Annals; Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Hundreds of new articles will be added in the coming years as we look to build the most comprehensive exploration of the discipline possible.

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Critical Readings on Historiography

This unparalleled four-volume survey of historiography examines the nature and significance of history writing from ancient worlds to the present day. Taking a global approach, it presents and contextualizes classic works that portray the traditions of historical writing around the world. The collection also incorporates key essays and articles from the 18th century to the present that analyze the continuities and transformations that have existed and taken place within those traditions.

The four volumes cover the ancient and medieval eras, the Renaissance period through to the 18th century, the rise of the Rankean school and ‘scientific history’ in the West, and new developments in worldwide historiography from the 1990s to the present day. As well as substantial contextualizing editor introductions for each volume, there are 60 individual essays and extracts included across the set, with notions of time, antiquarianism, the Annales School and postcolonialism all key topics at the heart of this vital collection.

Editor: Q. Edward Wang is Professor of History at Rowan University, USA. He won a Faculty Research Achievement Award at Rowan in 2013 and received Changjiang Professorship at Peking University in China, which he has held since 2007. He has published extensively on historical theory, history of historiography, Asian cultural and intellectual history and comparative history and historiography including A Global History of Modern Historiography (co-authored with Georg G. Iggers & Supriya Mukherjee, 2008 & 2017) and Marxist Historiographies: A Global Perspective (co-edited with Georg G. Iggers, 2015), amongst others.

Volume 1: Ancient and Medieval Traditions

Part I. Classic Models in the West
  1. Thucydidean Epistemology: Between Philosophy and History, Hunter R. Rawlings III
  2. The Battle Exhortation in Ancient Historiography. Fact or Fiction?, Mogens Herman Hansen
  3. Tacitus and Women’s Usurpation of Power, Francesca Santoro L’Hoir
  4. Theology as a Historiographical Tool in Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Lindsay G. Driediger-Murphy
  5. Satire and Historiography: The Reception of Classical Models and the Construction of the Author’s Persona in Lucian’s ‘De Historia Conscribenda’, Melina Tamiolaki
  6. The Conduct of Vitellius in Cassius Dio’s ‘Roman History’, Caillan Davenport
  7. Part II. Christianity and History
  8. The Emotions of God in the Theology of St. Augustine, Joseph M. Hallman
  9. Historical Writing, Historical Thinking and Historical Consciousness in the Middle Ages, Hans-Werner Goetz
  10. Part III. Traditions Established around the World
  11. Turning Points in Islamic Historical Practice, R. Stephen Humphreys
  12. Is There a Shi’a Philosophy of History? The Case of Mas’udi, Maysam J. al Faruqi
  13. The Official Historiographical Operation of the Song Dynasty, Sung Chia-Fu
  14. Theology as a Historiographical Tool in Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Lindsay G. Driediger-Murphy
  15. Satire and Historiography: The Reception of Classical Models and the Construction of the Author’s Persona in Lucian’s ‘De Historia Conscribenda’, Melina Tamiolaki
  16. World History Sacred and Profane: The Case of the Medieval Christian and Islamic World Chronicles, Ernst Breisach
  17. East and West: Ibn Khaldoun and the Sciences of History, Róbert Simon

Volume 2: Transition and Transformation

Part I. History in the Renaissance
  1. Barefoot Boy Makes Good: A Study of Machiavelli’s Historiography, Mark Phillips
  2. Guicciardini and the Humanist Historians, Donlad J. Wilcox
  3. Part II. From Ars Historica to Ars Critica
  4. Sceptical History and the Myth of the Historical Revolution, Andrew Hadfield
  5. Image as Evidence in Seventeenth-Century Europe, Peter Burke
  6. Image as Evidence in Seventeenth-Century Europe, Peter Burke
  7. Pierre Bayle and the Structures of Doubt, Oscar Kenshur
  8. Part III. Antiquarianism as a Global Trend
  9. Sceptical History and the Myth of the Historical Revolution, Andrew Hadfield
  10. Beyond East and West: Antiquarianism, Evidential Learning and Global Trends in Historiography, Q. Edward Wang
  11. Part IV. Philosophizing History
  12. Giambattista Vico and the Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns, Joseph M. Levine
  13. Montesquieu’s Philosophy of History, David Carrithers
  14. The Epochal Concept of ‘Early Modernity’ and the Intellectual History of Late Imperial China, On-Cho Ng
  15. Part V. Women in Historiography
  16. Representations of Women in Tudor Historiography: John Bale and the Rhetoric of Exemplarity, Krista Kesselring
  17. Enlightenment and the Uses of Women, Barbara Taylor
  18. Part VI. Transformation of Historical Writing
  19. From Hystories to the Historical: Five Transitions in Thinking about the Past, 1500 – 1700, Daniel R. Woolf
  20. The Rise of Non-Muslim Historiography in the Eighteenth Century, Johan Strauss
  21. University of Göttingen and the Transformation of Historical Scholarship, Georg G. Iggers

Volume 3: Scientific Models: From the West to the World

Part I. The Annales School and Its Impact
  1. Between Marx and Braudel: Making History, Knowing History, Carlos Antonio Aguirre
  2. The ‘Annales’ in Global Context, Peter Burke
  3. Part II. Nationalism as Ideology
  4. Historical Narratives and the Meaning of Nationalism, Lloyd Kramer
  5. The Role of Professional Historical Scholarship in the Creation and Distortion of Memory, Georg G. Iggers
  6. The Changing Conceptions of National History in Twentieth-Century China, Ying-Shih Yü
  7. Part III. Nationalism as Practice
  8. Modern Serbian Historiography between Nation-Building and Critical Scholarship: The Case of Ilarion Ruvarac, Michael Antolovic
  9. The Tyranny of Narrative: History, Heritage, and Hatred in the Modern Middle East, Neil A. Silberman
  10. The Tyranny of Narrative: History, Heritage, and Hatred in the Modern Middle East, Neil A. Silberman
  11. The King of Controversy: History and Nation-Making in Late Colonial India, Kumkum Chatterjee
  12. Part IV. Knowledge of History Reconsidered
  13. The Subject and Power, Michel Foucault
  14. Toward a History of Reading, Robert Darnton
  15. On the Methods of the History Workshop, David Selbourne
  16. Part V. History and Society
  17. Labor History, Social History, ‘Alltagsgeschichte’: Experience, Culture, and the Politics of the Everyday – A New Direction for German Social History?, Geoff Eley
  18. Losses, Gains and Opportunities: Social History Today, Jürgen Kocka
  19. Social History Present and Future, Peter N. Stearns
  20. Part VI. Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  21. Gender: A Useful Category for Historical Analysis, Joan Scott
  22. Chinese History: A Useful Category of Gender Analysis, Gail Hershatter and Wang Zheng

Volume 4: Challenges and Criticisms: From the 1990s to the Present

Part I. Beyond Eurocentrism
  1. Orientalism Reconsidered, Edward W. Said
  2. Subaltern Studies as Postcolonial Criticism, Gyan Prakash
  3. The West, Capitalism, and the Modern World-System, Immanuel Wallerstein
  4. Part II. Globalizing Historiography
  5. Globalizing History and Historicizing Globalization, Jerry Bentley
  6. Is There History after Eurocentrism? Globalism, Postcolonialism, and the Disavowal of History, Arif Dirlik
  7. The History of Africanization and the Africanization of History, Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia
  8. Part III. Innovations in Methodology
  9. History without a Cause? Grand Narratives, World History, and the Postcolonial Dilemma, Barbara Weinstein
  10. Transformations between History and Memory, Aleida Assman
  11. Worrying about Emotions in History, Barbara Rosenwein
  12. The Self and Its History, Lynn A. Hunt
  13. Part IV. Knowledge of History Reconsidered
  14. The Subject and Power, Michel Foucault
  15. Toward a History of Reading, Robert Darnton
  16. On the Methods of the History Workshop, David Selbourne
  17. Part IV. Toward a Posthuman Future
  18. The Anthropocene: Conceptual and Historical Perspectives, Will Steffen, Jacques Grinevald, Paul Crutzen and John McNeill
  19. The Climate of History: Four These, Dipesh Chakrabarty
  20. World History in Context, David Christian
  21. Posthumanist History, Ewa Domanska

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Bloomsbury History: Theory and Method contains 61 academic eBooks focused around historiography, historical methods and history theory. These include Using Non-Textual Sources, Global History, Globally, History in Times of Unprecedented Change, Ancient Historians, Theories of History, The New Ways of History and An Introduction to Historical Comparison.