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Practicing History

New Directions in Historical Writing after the Linguistic Turn, 1st Edition

Edited by Gabrielle M. Spiegel


288 pages

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This essential collection of key articles offers a re-evaluation of the practice of history in light of current debates. Critical thinkers and practicing historians present their writings, along with clear and thorough editorial material, to examine the complex ideas at the forefront of historical practice.

This volume gives a synoptic overview of the last twenty-five years’ theoretical analysis of historical writing, with a critical examination of the central concepts and positions that have been in debate. The collection delineates the emergence of "practice theory" as a possible paradigm for future historical interpretation concerned with questions of agency, experience and the subject.

These complex ideas are introduced to students in this accessible reader, and for teachers and historians too, this survey is an indispensable and timely read.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Practicing History, Theorizing Practice Part 1: Discourse and the Problem of Social History Part 2: Self and Agency Part 3: Experience and Practice

About the Editor

Gabrielle M. Spiegel is Professor of Medieval History and Chair of the History Department at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of The Past as Text and Romancing the Past.

About the Series

Rewriting Histories

Rewriting Histories focuses on historical themes where standard conclusions are facing a major challenge. Each book presents ten to fifteen papers (edited and annotated where necessary) at the forefront of current research and interpretation, offering students an accessible way to engage with contemporary debates.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Historiography