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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.

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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.


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.