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A Companion to Western Historical Thought


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List of Contributors viii Acknowledgments xii Introduction: The Cultural History of Historical Thought 1 Lloyd Kramer and Sarah Maza PART I THE PRE-MODERN ORIGINS OF WESTERN HISTORICAL THOUGHT 1 Historiography in Ancient Israel 15 John Van Seters 2 Historical Thought in Ancient Greece 35 Philip A. Stadter 3 Historical Thought in Ancient Rome 60 J. E. Lendon 4 Historical Thought in Medieval Europe 78 Gabrielle M. Spiegel 5 Historical Thought in the Renaissance 99 Paula Findlen PART II THE SHAPING OF MODERN WESTERN HISTORICAL THOUGHT 6 Historical Thought in the Era of the Enlightenment 123 Johnson Kent Wright 7 German Historical Thought in the Age of Herder, Kant, and Hegel 143 Harold Mah 8 German Historical Writing from Ranke to Weber: The Primacy of Politics 166 Harry Liebersohn 9 National History in the Age of Michelet, Macaulay, and Bancroft 185 Thomas N. Baker 10 Marxism and Historical Thought 205 Walter L. Adamson PART III PATTERNS IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY WESTERN HISTORICAL THOUGHT 11 The Professionalization of Historical Studies and the Guiding Assumptions of Modern Historical Thought 225 Georg G. Iggers 12 The History of Armed Power 243 Peter Paret 13 Total History and Microhistory: The French and Italian Paradigms 262 David A. Bell 14 Anthropology and the History of Culture 277 William M. Reddy 15 The History of Science, Or, an Oxymoronic Theory of Relativistic Objectivity 297 Ken Alder 16 Language, Literary Studies, and Historical Thought 319 Susan A. Crane 17 Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Historical Thought 337 Lynn Hunt 18 Redefining Historical Identities: Sexuality, Gender, and the Self 357 Carolyn J. Dean 19 Historicizing Natural Environments: The Deep Roots of Environmental History 372 Andrew C. Isenberg PART IV CHALLENGES TO THE BOUNDARIES OF WESTERN HISTORICAL THOUGHT 20 The New World History 393 Jerry H. Bentley 21 Postcolonial History 417 Prasenjit Duara 22 The Multicultural History of Nations 432 Donna R. Gabaccia 23 New Technologies and Historical Knowledge 447 James M. Murray 24 The Visual Media and Historical Knowledge 466 Robert A. Rosenstone Consolidated Bibliography 482 Index 495

About the Author

Lloyd Kramer is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His previous publications include Threshold of a New World: Intellectuals and the Exile Experience in Paris, 1830-1848 (1988), Lafayette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions (1996), and Nationalism: Political Cultures in Europe and America, 1775-1865 (1998). Sarah Maza is Jane Long Professor of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She is the author of Servants and Masters in Eighteenth-century France (1983) and Private Lives and Public Affairs: The Causes Celebres of Pre-Revolutionary France (1993).


"This companion is expansive in its subject and links with other disciplines, such as ancient history and the classics, anthropology, Biblical studies and theology? It covers many expected subjects, but also explores lesser-known areas of historical interest as well as the challenges to historical thought in the twenty-first century that will continue to make this companion a useful library resource." Reference Reviews

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