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Critical Concepts in Historical Studies


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The Critical Concepts in Historical Studies series spans a broad period of history, with titles ranging from The Celtic World through to Genocide, the series focusses not on one single era, but rather draws upon some of the most significant events in our history. The latest edition to this series, Slavery, examines the history of the slave trade across 4 volumes.

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The History of Science

The History of Science

1st Edition

Edited By Massimo Mazzotti
February 19, 2020

Science is one of the main features of the contemporary world, and shapes our lives to an extent that has no precedents in history. Yet science as we know it today is the outcome of contingent social processes, and its global success is far from self-explanatory. How did it happen? How did science ...

Oral History

Oral History

1st Edition

Edited By Graham Smith
June 14, 2017

The rapid rise in the study of Oral History has been evident across a wide range of academic and community settings. From surgeons in England investigating the embodied memories of half-remembered techniques in no longer practiced operations, to truth and reconciliation projects in ...

Urban History

Urban History

1st Edition

Edited By Rosemary Sweet
March 15, 2016

With over half the world’s population now living in cities, urbanization is one of the defining features of the contemporary world, and urban history – the study of the processes and consequences of urbanization – is one of the most dynamic fields of modern and contemporary history. But the ...

The History of Medicine

The History of Medicine

1st Edition

Edited By Roger Cooter, Claudia Stein
July 06, 2015

The history of medicine has been a robust field of academic inquiry and popular discussion since the 1970s. The interest in it goes back much further, but it was then that it began to link up with social protest and the counter-culture movement, and with feminist politics in particular. Medicine ...

Intellectual History

Intellectual History

1st Edition

Edited By Richard Whatmore
March 31, 2015

Recent decades have seen a remarkable growth of interest in intellectual history. Intellectual history has become a popular branch of historical studies at the same time as it has a growing audience among students reading politics, philosophy, international relations, English, and other academic ...

Women and Gender in Science and Technology

Women and Gender in Science and Technology

1st Edition

Edited By Londa Schiebinger
May 08, 2014

The question of gender in science and technology is pursued by scholars from different disciplines and perspectives: historians study the lives of women scientists within the context of institutions that for centuries held women at arm’s length; sociologists uncover women’s access to the means of ...

Magic and Witchcraft

Magic and Witchcraft

1st Edition

Edited By Michael Bailey
February 18, 2014

Magic and witchcraft have been important components of almost every human culture throughout history, and continue to be so in the present day, both globally and in the West. These topics have attracted an enormous amount of scholarship, but publications are often scattered, and scholars working in...

Slavery

Slavery

1st Edition

Edited By Gad Heuman, Trevor Burnard
September 27, 2013

Serious research in and around the history—and contemporary reality—of slavery is very wide-ranging, and flourishes as never before. This new four-volume collection from Routledge’s acclaimed series, Critical Concepts in Historical Studies, meets the need for a reference work to help users make ...

Genocide

Genocide

1st Edition

Edited By A. Dirk Moses
April 30, 2010

Stimulated anew in the 1990s by the slaughter and the so-called ‘ethnic cleansing’ in the former Yugoslavia, and by the horrors of Rwanda, research about and around genocide flourishes as never before. Genocide studies has now accrued a large, sophisticated, and growing, body of scholarly ...

The Crusades

The Crusades

1st Edition

Edited By Andrew Jotischky
March 19, 2008

The Crusades is an area of rapidly expanding interest. Students increasingly see an understanding of the roots of religious violence and of interaction between Christian and Islamic cultures as a critical tool for citizenship in the modern world. This is borne out by the large number of general ...

The Celtic World

The Celtic World

1st Edition

Edited By Raimund Karl, David Stifter
February 28, 2007

The Celtic World, a new title in the Routledge Critical Concepts in Historical Studies series, brings together canonical and the best cutting-edge scholarship in Celtic Studies, including key journal articles, many of which have been translated into English specifically for this set. Organized into...

The Renaissance

The Renaissance

1st Edition

Edited By Robert Black
June 21, 2006

Contemporaries in Europe from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century saw the Renaissance as a crucial time of change, and ever since then most historians have agreed that this period marked a decisive watershed in the transition from the medieval to the modern world. The nature of this ...

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