3rd Edition

History An Introduction to Theory and Method

By Peter Claus, John Marriott Copyright 2023
    516 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    516 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides an accessible introduction to a wide range of concerns that have preoccupied historians over time. Global in scope, it explores historical perspectives not only from historiography itself but from related areas such as literature, sociology, geography and anthropology which have entered into productive dialogues with history.

    Clearly written and accessible, this third edition is fully revised with an updated structure and new areas of historical enquiry and themes added, including the history of emotions, video history and global pandemics. In all of this, the authors have attempted to think beyond the boundaries of the West and consider varied approaches to history. They do so by engaging with theoretical perspectives and methodologies that have provided the foundation for good historical practice. The authors analyse how historians can improve their skills by learning about the discipline of historiography, that is, how historians go about the task of exploring the past and determining where the line separating history from other disciplines, such as sociology or geography, runs.

    History: An Introduction to Theory and Method 3ed is an essential resource for students of historical theory and method working at both an introductory and more advanced level.

    Part 1: Philosophies

    1. From the ancients to the Christians

    2. From the Middle Ages to the Early Modern

    3. Enlightenment and Romanticism

    4. The English Tradition

    5. The North American Tradition 

    6. Histories of Revolutions; Revolutionary histories

    7. Postmodernism and Postcolonialism

    Part 2: Varieties

    8. Political History

    9. Economic History

    10. Social History

    11. Cultural History

    12. Feminism, Gender and Queer History

    13. Public History

    14. Visual History

    15. Global history

    16. Environmental history

    Part 3: Interdisciplinarities

    17. Archaeology

    18. Anthropology

    19. Literature

    20. Geography

    Part 4: Methods

    21. Proof and the problem of objectivity

    22. Ordering of time

    23. Archives in a Digital World

    24. Oral History


    Dr Peter Claus is an Access Fellow, Director of OxNet & CredOx at Pembroke College, Oxford. He is currently writing a book on the 'East End Underworld' in the twentieth century co-authored with John Marriott, also for Routledge. The combination of Access activities and historical research has developed an historical interest in the metropolis and a commitment to research on outreach, education theory and practice, public engagement, and the democratisation of the archive.

    Professor John Marriott is Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford. His research has focused on London and Empire from the seventeenth century. Among numerous books are Beyond the Tower: A History of East London (2011). He is currently editing a major digital resource on the nineteenth-century British Empire, and completing a study of the origins of British territorial power in India.