This volume, originally published in 1980 discusses the way in which distinguished historians such as Gibbon, Ranke, Macaulay, De Tocqueville, Marx, Maitland, Bloch, Namier, Wheeler, Butterfield and Braudel have regarded and tackled their discipline. As well as chapters by individual authors who are experts on their chosen historian, there is a substantial introduction by the editor which serves as the basis for a discussion about the problems involved in the writing of history.
1. The Historian at Work John Cannon 2. Edward Gibbon Brian Warmington 3. Leopold von Ranke Agatha Ramm 4. Thomas Babington Macaulay William Speck 5. Alexis de Tocqueville Joan Taylor 6. Karl Marx John Whittam 7. Frederic Maitland John Watt 8. Marc Bloch Henry Lyon 9. Lewis Bernstein Namier John Cannon 10. Mortimer Wheeler Norman McCord 11. Herbert Butterfield John Derry 12. Fernand Braudel Peter Burke.