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A Global History of History


  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521699082

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  • A global history of historical writing, thought and the development of the historical discipline from the ancient world to the present. This is a definitive guide to human efforts to recover, understand and represent the past, bringing together different historical traditions and their social, economic, political and cultural contexts. Daniel Woolf offers clear definitions of different genres and forms of history and addresses key themes such as the interactions between West and East, the conflict of oral, pictographic, and written accounts of the past and the place of history in society and in politics. Numerous textual extracts and illustrations in every chapter capture the historical cultures of past civilizations and demonstrate the different forms that historical consciousness has taken around the world. The book offers unique insights into the interconnections between different historical cultures over 3000 years and relates the rise of history to key themes in world history.

    • Subject boxes and timelines enable students to draw out key topics and understand their place in the overall narrative
    • Extensive text extracts and illustrations connect historical theory to practice by illustrating the different ways in which societies have interpreted and represented the past
    • A truly global history that enables students to understand the diversity of historical practice from Ancient Greece and China to colonial America, seventeenth-century Iran and right up to the present day
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is the first comprehensive one-volume history of historical writing from earliest times to the present. Its strength lies in its broad intercultural approach. It is very readable and I recommend it highly as a text in courses and seminars in historiography and comparative intellectual history.' Georg G. Iggers, State University of New York, Buffalo

    'Woolf's book offers us a genuinely global study of the history of history, a lucid and balanced synthesis and one that makes a serious attempt to avoid the twin dangers of Eurocentrism and present-mindedness, emphasizing as it does the multiple roads to the past.' Peter Burke, University of Cambridge

    'This is a very knowledgeable and comprehensive history of world historiography. Woolf, a recognized expert in this area, has combined chronology and geography, including Africa and the Near and Far East as well as Europe and the US; and his solution works very well. The field of global history is relatively new and this is a bold and effective effort to encompass it in a single volume.' Donald Kelley, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey

    'This is a formidable work, at once open to the multiplicity of different traditions in historiography across the world and able to shape them into an impressive narrative without artificially doing so by emphasizing linkages and interactions. The illustrations are pertinent and the use of inset passages is helpful. This book will offer much to scholars and students alike.' History

    'A considerable, even astounding, achievement. It might yet become a defining moment in the field.' English Historical Review

    '… the book's broadness in coverage (which is shown not only in the text itself but also, very ingeniously and usefully, in the 'text extracts' and 'subject boxes'), is not only unprecedented but, in my opinion, also difficult for anyone to surpass in the foreseeable future … this is a valuable book, marking a worthwhile attempt to re-imagine and re-present the study of historiography. It deserves to be read not only by history students taking courses on historiography and historical methods but also by all practising historians interested in knowing more about their profession.' Q. Edward Wang, Journal of Global History

    '… it impresses with its well-thought-out structure, accessible language, concise presentation of complex issues, and, on top of that, some original interpretations, which make it interesting to professional historians, too.' The Historical Journal

    '… a very intelligent and comprehensive account that represents the current status of our knowledge about history writing across the last millennia and across all continents.' International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521699082
    • length: 606 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.16kg
    • contains: 52 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Foundations
    2. History during the first millennium AD
    3. An age of global violence, c.1000 to c.1450
    4. History in the early modern empires: Europe, China, Islam
    5. Transatlantic histories: contact, conquest and cultural exchange 1450–1800
    6. Progress and history in the Eurasian Enlightenments
    7. The broken mirror: nationalism, romanticism and professionalization in the nineteenth-century West
    8. Clio's empire: European historiography in Asia, the Americas and Africa
    9. Babel's tower: history in the twentieth century

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Ancient World History
    • Art and Method of History
    • Craft of the Historian
    • Exploring History
    • Global History
    • Global History and Ethnicity
    • Global History to 1500/from 1500
    • Graduate Colloquium in Philosophy/Practice of History
    • Graduate Historiography [also considering for a future undergrad Historical Methods course]
    • Graduate Seminar in Modern European History
    • Hisotrical Methods and Historiography
    • Hist. Methods and Writing
    • Historian's craft
    • Historical Analysis
    • Historical Imagination
    • Historical Interpretation
    • Historical Research and Writing
    • Historical Thinking and Research
    • Historical thinking
    • Historiographical Perspectives
    • Historiographical Research Theories and Methodologies
    • Historiography and Historical Methodology
    • Historiography and Historical Research Methods
    • Historiography and Methods
    • Historiography and Theory
    • Historiography- intro graduate seminar
    • History and Historians
    • History and Historical Research (undergrad); Historiography (grad)
    • History and Theories
    • History of Civilization ll
    • History of the Modern World
    • Intro to Historical Thought
    • Introduction to Historical Interpretation
    • Introduction to History
    • Introduction to History: Historiography, Theory, and Methods
    • Introduction to World History
    • Making of the Modern World
    • Readings and Research in History
    • Senior Seminar in Historiography
    • Studies in Modern Civilization
    • The Craft of History
    • The Historian's Craft
    • The Study and Writing of History
    • The Writing of Civil Rights History
    • Theory of History
    • Uncovering the Past
    • World Civilization I and ll
    • World Civilizations and "Historical Writing"
    • World Civilizations to 1450; World Civ. since 1450
    • World Hist
    • World History since 1914
    • Writing History
  • Author

    Daniel Woolf, Queen's University, Ontario
    Daniel Woolf is Professor of History at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. His previous publications include Reading History in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and the two-volume Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing (1998). He is also general editor of the Oxford History of Historical Writing (2010 onwards).

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