Demystifying the subject with clarity and verve, History: An Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice familiarizes the reader with the varied spectrum of historical approaches in a balanced, comprehensive and engaging manner. Global in scope, and covering a wide range of topics from the ancient and medieval worlds to the twenty-first century, it explores historical perspectives not only from historiography itself, but from related areas such as literature, sociology, geography and anthropology.
Clearly written, accessible and student-friendly, this second edition is fully updated throughout to include:
Accompanied by a new companion website (www.routledge.com/cw/claus) containing valuable supporting material for students and instructors such as discussion questions, further reading and web links, this book is an essential introduction for all students of historical theory and method.
"Peter Claus and John Marriott’s insightful book History: An Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice offers a most useful introduction to the study of history. The authors chart the development of the discipline from Herodotus to the present day in a clear, logical and concise manner, drawing on a wealth of fascinating illustrative material to map out key developments in the subject. This comprehensive and perceptive book is a must-read for students of history and should be made essential reading on any undergraduate or graduate theory and methods course."
Robert James, University of Portsmouth, UK
"Claus and Marriott have produced an excellent textbook, impressively comprehensive in scope and detail, yet with a logical structure and short, easily manageable chapters, and written in a concise, accessible style aimed at the undergraduate reader. A must for historiography courses."
Sacha Davis, University of Newcastle, Australia
"A welcome revised and updated guide to the discipline of history, its variety, and practice. History is a comprehensive discussion of the development of the subject, different approaches of history, as well as a guide to techniques. It is an essential text for students that mixes historiography, theory, and methodology and is richly illustrated with examples."
Kevin Linch, University of Leeds, UK
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Prologue: history matters
Part 1 Perspectives
Chapter 1: Proof, objectivity and causality
Chapter 2: Ordering of time
Part 2 Histories and Philosophies
Chapter 3: Ideas of History; from the ancients to the Christians
Chapter 4: From the Middle Ages to the Early Modern
Chapter 5: Enlightenment and Romanticism
Chapter 6: The English Tradition
Chapter 7: The North American Tradition
Chapter 8: Histories of Revolutions; Revolutionary histories
Chapter 9: Postmodernism and Postcolonialism
Part 3 Varieties
Chapter 10: Political History
Chapter 11: Economic History
Chapter 12: Social History
Chapter 13: Cultural History
Chapter 14: Feminism, Gender and Women’s History
Chapter 15: Public History
Chapter 16: Visual History
Chapter 17: Global history
Chapter 18: Environmental history
Part 4 History and Other Disciplines
Chapter 19: Archaeology
Chapter 20: Anthropology
Chapter 21: Literature
Chapter 22: Geography
Chapter 23: Archives in a Digital World
Chapter 24: Oral History