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3rd Edition

An Introduction to Theory and Method

  • Available for pre-order on May 11, 2023. Item will ship after June 1, 2023
ISBN 9780367740955
June 1, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
568 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Dr Peter Claus is an Access Fellow and a Senior Research Fellow 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 a 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.