2nd Edition

A Global History of Modern Historiography

    390 Pages
    by Routledge

    390 Pages
    by Routledge

    The first book on historiography to adopt a global and comparative perspective on the topic, A Global History of Modern Historiography looks not just at developments in the West but also at the other great historiographical traditions in Asia, the Middle East, and elsewhere around the world over the course of the past two and a half centuries.

    This second edition contains fully updated sections on Latin American and African historiography, discussion of the development of global history, environmental history, and feminist and gender history in recent years, and new coverage of Russian historical practices. Beginning in the mid-eighteenth century, the authors analyse historical currents in a changing political, social and cultural context, examining both the adaptation and modification of the Western influence on historiography and how societies outside Europe and America found their own ways in the face of modernization and globalization.

    Supported by online resources including a selection of excerpts from key historiographical texts, this book offers an up-to-date account of the status of historical writing in the global era and is essential reading for all students of modern historiography.

    Preface and Acknowledgements


    1: Historiographical Traditions in the World: A View of the Eighteenth Century

    2. The Advance of Nationalism and Nationalist History: The West, the Middle East, and India in the Nineteenth Century

    3. Academic History and the Shaping of Historical Profession: Transforming Historical Study in the Nineteenth Century West and East Asia

    4. Historical Writings in the Shadow of Two World Wars: The Crisis of Historicism and Modern Historiography

    5. The Appeal of Nationalist History around the World: Historical Studies in the Middle East and Asia in the Twentieth Century

    6. New Challenges in the Postwar Period: From Social History to Postmodernism and Postcolonialism

      7. The Rise of Islamism and the Ebb of Marxism: Historical Writings in Late Twentieth Century Asia, the Middle East and the West

      8. Historiography after the Cold War, 1990-2007: A Critical Retrospect


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      Georg G. Iggers is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo. His publications include Marxist Historiographies: A Global Perspective (2015, co-edited with Q. Edward Wang), Historiography in the Twentieth Century (1997) and The German Conception of History (1968).

      Q. Edward Wang is Professor of History at Rowan University in the US and Changjiang Professor of History at Peking University in China. Among his publications are Chopsticks: A Cultural and Culinary History (2015), Mirroring the Past: the Writing and Use of History in Imperial China (2005, co-authored with On-Cho Ng) and Inventing China through History: the May Fourth Approach to Historiography (2001).

      Supriya Mukherjee teaches at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Her research interests include German history and the history of historical writing in India.

      "In this period of rapid and unpredictable globalisation, this new edition enables historical insights and perspective that the usual national or language-based surveys just cannot provide. This is the only truly global history of historical writing, from the eighteenth century onward, and it is an essential source for teaching and research. Once again, Georg Iggers and his colleagues have balanced their breadth of knowledge with a lucid style that is a pleasure to read and a reliable source to cite."

      Adam Budd, University of Edinburgh, UK