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Title:
A companion to the study of history
Author:
Stanford, Michael, 1923-
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Publication Information:
Oxford, UK ; Cambridge, Mass., USA : Blackwell, 1994.
Physical Description:
vii, 309 pages ; 26 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780631181583

9780631181590
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Book

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The Student's Companion to History guides students through all the historical concepts, theories, methods and problems confronting those engaged in the serious study of history. It distinguishes between history as action and history as narrative and attempts to illuminate the interplay between understanding and doing. The author covers the nature of history, questions about action and meaning, views of the past, history as discourse, narrative and knowledge, the use of evidence, causation and event, theories of history and also a wide variety of recent theoretical perspectives and schools of thought.


Summary

This book guides students through all the central historical concepts, theories, methods and problems confronting those engaged in the serious study of history.


Author Notes

Michael Stanford was until 1983 Senior Lecturer in History at the University of the West of England (formerly Bristol Polytechnic) and holds degrees in philosophy and history. He now co-edits the philosophy journal Cogito, and writes articles and reviews on both history and philosophy, finding the opportunity to digest a lifetime of teaching.


Michael Stanford was until 1983 Senior Lecturer in History at the University of the West of England (formerly Bristol Polytechnic) and holds degrees in philosophy and history. He now co-edits the philosophy journal Cogito, and writes articles and reviews on both history and philosophy, finding the opportunity to digest a lifetime of teaching.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Historiographyp. 5
Gender and Historyp. 7
Use of this Bookp. 8
1 History as Unityp. 10
Introductionp. 10
A Experience--or the Concern of Historyp. 11
B Time and Change--or the Essence of Historyp. 15
C Cumulation--or the Sum of Historyp. 17
D Process--or the March of Historyp. 18
Conclusionp. 21
Suggested Readingp. 21
2 History as Actionp. 22
Introductionp. 22
A The Analysis of Actionp. 23
B Contexts and Consequences of Actionp. 27
C Uses and Abuses of Historyp. 36
Conclusionp. 47
Suggested Readingp. 48
3 History as Outlookp. 49
Introductionp. 49
A Personal Attitudes to Historyp. 50
B Public Attitudes to Historyp. 53
C History and the Social Sciencesp. 63
Conclusionp. 78
Suggested Readingp. 78
4 History as Discoursep. 79
Introductionp. 79
A Communicationp. 80
B Narrativep. 87
C Non-narrative Historyp. 102
D Other Relevant Topicsp. 106
Conclusionp. 107
Suggested Readingp. 108
5 History as Knowledgep. 109
Introductionp. 109
A What is Historical Knowledge?p. 110
B Construction or Reconstruction?p. 119
C Fact, Truth and Objectivityp. 122
D Another Relevant Topic: Imaginationp. 130
Conclusionp. 131
Suggested Readingp. 132
6 History as Relicp. 133
Introductionp. 133
A The Concept of Evidencep. 134
B The Nature of Historical Evidencep. 141
C The Use of Evidencep. 147
D The Origins of Evidencep. 160
E Another Relevant Topic: Oral Historyp. 163
Conclusionp. 165
Suggested Readingp. 166
7 History as Eventp. 167
Introductionp. 167
A What Is an Event?p. 169
B The Forms and Structures of Historyp. 175
C Timep. 182
Conclusionp. 191
Suggested Readingp. 192
8 History as Sequencep. 193
Introductionp. 193
A Causation in Historyp. 194
B The Dynamics of Historyp. 204
C Explanationp. 210
D Some other relevant topicsp. 226
Conclusionp. 227
Suggested Readingp. 227
9 History as Theoryp. 229
Introductionp. 229
A Speculative Philosophy of Historyp. 230
B Patterns in Historyp. 241
Conclusionp. 247
Suggested Readingp. 248
10 History Transcended: Metaphysics, Marx, Myth and Meaningp. 249
Introductionp. 249
A Metaphysics: Historicism, Positivism and Idealismp. 250
B Marxp. 264
C Myth and Truthp. 275
D Meaningp. 280
E Some Other Relevant Topicsp. 285
Conclusionp. 286
Suggested Readingp. 286
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 300
Introductionp. 1
Historiographyp. 5
Gender and Historyp. 7
Use of this Bookp. 8
1 History as Unityp. 10
Introductionp. 10
A Experience--or the Concern of Historyp. 11
B Time and Change--or the Essence of Historyp. 15
C Cumulation--or the Sum of Historyp. 17
D Process--or the March of Historyp. 18
Conclusionp. 21
Suggested Readingp. 21
2 History as Actionp. 22
Introductionp. 22
A The Analysis of Actionp. 23
B Contexts and Consequences of Actionp. 27
C Uses and Abuses of Historyp. 36
Conclusionp. 47
Suggested Readingp. 48
3 History as Outlookp. 49
Introductionp. 49
A Personal Attitudes to Historyp. 50
B Public Attitudes to Historyp. 53
C History and the Social Sciencesp. 63
Conclusionp. 78
Suggested Readingp. 78
4 History as Discoursep. 79
Introductionp. 79
A Communicationp. 80
B Narrativep. 87
C Non-narrative Historyp. 102
D Other Relevant Topicsp. 106
Conclusionp. 107
Suggested Readingp. 108
5 History as Knowledgep. 109
Introductionp. 109
A What is Historical Knowledge?p. 110
B Construction or Reconstruction?p. 119
C Fact, Truth and Objectivityp. 122
D Another Relevant Topic: Imaginationp. 130
Conclusionp. 131
Suggested Readingp. 132
6 History as Relicp. 133
Introductionp. 133
A The Concept of Evidencep. 134
B The Nature of Historical Evidencep. 141
C The Use of Evidencep. 147
D The Origins of Evidencep. 160
E Another Relevant Topic: Oral Historyp. 163
Conclusionp. 165
Suggested Readingp. 166
7 History as Eventp. 167
Introductionp. 167
A What Is an Event?p. 169
B The Forms and Structures of Historyp. 175
C Timep. 182
Conclusionp. 191
Suggested Readingp. 192
8 History as Sequencep. 193
Introductionp. 193
A Causation in Historyp. 194
B The Dynamics of Historyp. 204
C Explanationp. 210
D Some other relevant topicsp. 226
Conclusionp. 227
Suggested Readingp. 227
9 History as Theoryp. 229
Introductionp. 229
A Speculative Philosophy of Historyp. 230
B Patterns in Historyp. 241
Conclusionp. 247
Suggested Readingp. 248
10 History Transcended: Metaphysics, Marx, Myth and Meaningp. 249
Introductionp. 249
A Metaphysics: Historicism, Positivism and Idealismp. 250
B Marxp. 264
C Myth and Truthp. 275
D Meaningp. 280
E Some Other Relevant Topicsp. 285
Conclusionp. 286
Suggested Readingp. 286
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 300

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