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The nature of history reader
Jenkins, Keith, 1943-
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, [2004]

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xiv, 352 pages ; 25 cm
Reconstructionism -- Constructionism -- Deconstructionism -- Endisms.

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D16.8 .N35 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In this timely collection, key pieces of writing by leading historians are reproduced and evaluated, with an explanation and critique of their character and assumptions, and how they reflect upon the nature of the history project. The authors respond to the view that the nature of history has become so disparate in assumption, approach and practice as to require an informed guide that is both self-reflexive, engaged, critical and innovative.

This work aids a positive re-thinking of history today, and will be of use both to students and to their teachers.

Table of Contents

Part One Reconstructionism
1 Return to EssentialsGeoffrey Elton
2 'Living in the Scottish Record Office'Deborah A Symonds
3 A Social History, 1750-1997Edward Royle and Modern Britain
4 America: A Narrative HistoryGeorge Brown Tindall and David E. Shi
5 Paul Revere's RideDavid Hackett Fischer
6 The Origins of the War of 1914Luigi Albertini
7 The Reign of Mary Tudor: Politics, Government and Religion in England, 1553-58David Loades
8 A History of Water in Modern England and WalesJohn Hassan
9 Elizabethan Parliaments 1559-1601Michael A.R. Graves
10 The Idea of Poverty: England in the Early Industrial AgeGertrude Himmelfarb
Part Two Constructionism
11 Reading and Writing American History: An Introduction to the Historian's CraftPeter Hoffer and William Stueck
12 On HistoryEric Hobsbawm
13 The Pursuit of HistoryJohn Tosh
14 A History of CivilizationsFernand Braudel
15 The French Revolution: Rethinking the DebateGwynne Lewis
16 The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working ClassDavid R. Roediger
17 Orientalism: History, Theory and the ArtsJohn MacKenzie
18 Empire and Emancipation: Power and Liberation on a World ScaleJan P. Nederveen Pieterse
19 History and International RelationsThomas W. Smith
20 Understanding the Industrial RevolutionCharles More
21 Yankee Leviathan: The Origins of Central State Authority in America, 1859-1877Richard F. Bensel
22 'What Should Historians do with Masculinity? Reflections on Nineteenth-Century Britain'John Tosh
23 Reading Witchcraft: Stories of Early English WitchesMarion Gibson
24 The Voice of the Past: Oral HistoryPaul Thompson
25 'The Great Dog Massacre'Mark S.R. Jenner
Part Three Deconstructionism
26 'Performing On the Beaches of the Mind: An Essay', History and TheoryGreg Dening
27 The Arcades ProjectWalter Benjamin
28 First TimeRichard Price
29 The Man Who Swam Into HistoryRobert A. Rosenstone
30 In 1926: Living At The Edge of TimeHans Ulrich Gumbrecht
31 A History of BombingSven Linqvist
32 Provincializing EuropeDipesh Chakrabarty
33 Figural Realism: Studies in the Mimesis EffectHayden White
34 Culture After HumanismIain Chambers
35 Deconstructions: The Im-possibleJaques Derrida
Part Four Endisms
36 Nothing But HistoryDavid Roberts
37 'About Ends: On How the End is Different From an Ending'Carolyn Steedman
38 'After History?'Joan Scott
39 'Fin de Siecle, Fin de sex: Transexuality, Postmodernism and the Death of History'Rita Felski
40 "Beyond 'The Subject'"Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth
41 The Degradation of American HistoryDavid Harlan
42 "The Death of History", from Public CultureDipesh Chakrabarty
43 The Postmodern Explained to ChildrenJean Francois Lyotard
44 The End of the Millennium or the CountdownJean Baudrillard
45 On The Emergence of Memory in Historical DiscourseKerwin Lee Klein