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Modern Historiography

An Introduction, 1st Edition

By Michael Bentley


200 pages

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Modern Historiography is the essential introduction to the history of historical writing. It explains the broad philosophical background to the different historians and historical schools of the modern era, from James Boswell and Thomas Carlyle through to Lucien Febure and Eric Hobsbawm and surveys:

  • the Enlightenment and Counter Enlightenment
  • Romanticism
  • the voice of Science and the process of secularization within Western intellectual thought
  • the influence of, and broadening contact with, the New World
  • the Annales school in France
  • Postmodernism.

Modern Historiography provides a clear and concise account of this modern period of historical writing.


'Modern Historiography is also well suited to graduate students, but in addition offers much to bright undergraduates and to non-specialist academics seeking a thoughtful and sound guide to the western tradition.'The Times Higher Education Supplement

'This book is a great read. It will fascinate, irritate and educate anyone who is interested in history.' History Teaching Review Year Book

'Lively and concise, the book is … an ideal introduction.'English Historical Review

Table of Contents

1. The Enlightenment 2. The Counter Enlightenment 3. Romanticism 4. Ranke 5. The Voice of Science 6. Culture and Kultur 7. The English "Whigs" 8. Towards a Historical Profession 9. Crisis over Method 10. From the New World 11. Annales: The French School 12. Repression and Exile 13. Post-war Moods 14. The History of the Present

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General