Bringing together in one volume the key writings of many of the major historians from the last few decades, Historians on History provides an overview of the evolving nature of historical enquiry, illuminating the political, social and personal assumptions that have governed and sustained historical theory and practice.
John Tosh’s Reader begins with a substantial introductory survey charting the course of historiographical developments since the second half of the nineteenth century. He explores both the academic mainstream and more radical voices within the discipline. The text is composed of readings by historians such as Braudel, Carr, Elton, Guha, Hobsbawm, Scott and Jordanova. This third edition has been brought up to date by taking the 1960s as its starting point. It now includes more recent topics like public history, microhistory and global history, in addition to established fields like Marxist history, gender history and postcolonialism.
Historians on Historyis essential reading for all students of historiography and historical theory.
Table of Contents
Introduction. PART I: The documentary ideal 1 V.H. Galbraith. 2 Richard Cobb. 3 Arlette Farge. PART II: The long view. History as progress 4 J.H. Plumb. 5 E.H. Carr. The national story 6 G.R. Elton. 7 A. Adu Boahen. Marxism. 8 E.J. Hobsbawm. 9 Eugene Genovese. PART III: Radical counter-currents. History from below 10 Raphael Samuel. 11 Vincent Harding. 12 Alf Lüdtke. Gender 13 Carroll Smith-Rosenberg. 14 Joan Scott. 15 Jeanne Boydston. Postcolonialism 16 Ranajit Guha. 17 Dipesh Chakrabarty. 18 Catherine Hall. PART IV: The contraction and expansion of scale. Microhistory 19 Charles Phythian-Adams. 20 Giovanni Levi. Transnational and global history 21 Thomas Bender. 22 Sebastian Conrad. PART V: History as social science. Structural history 23 Philip Abrams. 24 E.J. Hobsbawm. The authority of numbers 25 Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie. 26 Robert William Fogel. Reactions 27 Fernand Braudel. 28 Lawrence Stone. 29 Theodore Zeldin. PART VI: The cultural turn. The impact of Postmodernism 30 Patrick Joyce. 31 Joan Scott. 32 Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt and Margaret Jacob. The new cultural history 33 Mark Poster. 34 Robert Darnton. Memory and culture 35 Pierre Nora. 36 Katherine Hodgkin and Susannah Radstone. PART VII: History and society. The uses of history 37 Peter Laslett. 38 Michael Howard. 39 Howard Zinn. Engaging with the public 40 Ludmilla Jordanova. 41 Gerda Lerner. Further reading. Index
John Tosh is Professor of History at the University of Roehampton and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of several works on historiography, notably The Pursuit of History (sixth edition, 2015) and Why History Matters (2008).