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How History Works The Reconstitution of a Human Science

How History Works: The Reconstitution of a Human Science

1st Edition

By Martin L. Davies
May 23, 2019

How History Works assesses the social function of academic knowledge in the humanities, exemplified by history, and offers a critique of the validity of historical knowledge. The book focusses on history’s academic, disciplinary ethos to offer a reconception of the discipline of history, arguing ...

Historians Without Borders New Studies in Multidisciplinary History

Historians Without Borders: New Studies in Multidisciplinary History

1st Edition

Edited By Lawrence Abrams, Kaleb Knoblauch
April 16, 2019

This text explores a variety of themes developed from successive years of the University of California, Davis, multidisciplinary graduate conference. It draws out connections on a wide array of topics among the arts, humanities, and sciences in history for multidisciplinary study. This text ...

Historical Parallels, Commemoration and Icons

Historical Parallels, Commemoration and Icons

1st Edition

Edited By Andreas Leutzsch
March 07, 2019

Historical parallels, analogies, anachronisms and metaphors to the past play a crucial role in political speeches, historical narratives, iconography, movies and newspapers on a daily basis. They frame, articulate and represent a specific understanding of history and can be used not only to ...

A Personalist Philosophy of History

A Personalist Philosophy of History

1st Edition

By Bennett Gilbert
January 28, 2019

Historical study has traditionally been built around the placement of the human at the center of inquiry. The de-stabilized concepts of the human in contemporary thought challenge this configuration. However, the ways in which these challenges provoke new historical perspectives both expand and ...

Cowrie Shells and Cowrie Money A Global History

Cowrie Shells and Cowrie Money: A Global History

1st Edition

By Bin Yang
November 26, 2018

Originating in the sea, especially in the waters surrounding the low-lying islands of the Maldives, Cypraea moneta (sometimes confused with Cypraea annulus) was transported to various parts of Afro-Eurasia in the prehistoric era, and in many cases, it was gradually transformed into a form of money ...

The Rise and Propagation of Historical Professionalism

The Rise and Propagation of Historical Professionalism

1st Edition

By Rolf Torstendahl
September 18, 2018

This book examines the evolution of historical professionalism, with the development of an international community that shares a set of values regarding both methodological minimum demands and what constitutes new results. Historical professionalism is not a fixed set of skills, but a concept with ...

Universal History and the Making of the Global

Universal History and the Making of the Global

1st Edition

Edited By Hall Bjørnstad, Helge Jordheim, Anne Régent-Susini
June 27, 2018

By examining the history of universal history from the late Middle Ages until the early nineteenth century we trace the making of the global. Early modern universal history can be seen as a response to the epistemological crisis provoked by new knowledge and experience. Traditional narratives were ...

The Work of History Constructivism and a Politics of the Past

The Work of History: Constructivism and a Politics of the Past

1st Edition

By Kalle Pihlainen
September 21, 2017

Since the appearance of Hayden White’s seminal work Metahistory in 1973, constructivist thought has been a key force within theory of history and has at times even provided inspiration for historians more generally. Despite the radical theoretical shift marked by constructivism and elaborated in ...

History and Sociology in France From Scientific History to the Durkheimian School

History and Sociology in France: From Scientific History to the Durkheimian School

1st Edition

By Robert Leroux
September 08, 2017

In the late 19th century and early part of the 20th, with the coming of age of sociology in France, the idea that there could be a “science” of history was the subject of much and varied debate. The methodological problems surrounding historical knowledge that were debated throughout this period ...

Popularizing National Pasts 1800 to the Present

Popularizing National Pasts: 1800 to the Present

1st Edition

Edited By Stefan Berger, Chris Lorenz, Billie Melman
May 24, 2017

Popularizing National Pasts is the first truly cross-national and comparative study of popular national histories, their representations, the meanings given to them and their uses, which expands outside the confines of Western Europe and the US. It draws a picture of popular histories which is ...

Values, Objectivity, and Explanation in Historiography

Values, Objectivity, and Explanation in Historiography

1st Edition

By Tor Egil Førland
February 06, 2017

Bringing sophisticated philosophy to bear on real-life historiography, Values, Objectivity, and Explanation in Historiography rekindles and invigorates the debate on two perennials in the theory and methodology of history. One is the tension between historians' values and the ideal—or illusion—of ...

The Emergence of Historical Forensic Expertise Clio Takes the Stand

The Emergence of Historical Forensic Expertise: Clio Takes the Stand

1st Edition

By Vladimir Petrović
November 07, 2016

This book scrutinizes the emergence of historians participating as expert witnesses in historical forensic contribution in some of the most important national and international legal ventures of the last century. It aims to advance the debate from discussions on whether historians should ...

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