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A Companion to Western Historical Thought

Edited by: Lloyd Kramer and Sarah Maza
eISBN: 9781405149617
Print publication date: 2006


Subject History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405149617.2006.x

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A Companion to Western Historical Thought

This broad survey introduces readers to the major themes, figures, traditions and theories in Western historical thought, tracing its evolution from biblical times to the present.

The Companion comprises 24 chapters by leading historians who discuss conceptions of and approaches to the human past in the ancient, medieval, early modern and modern West, stressing the long-term patterns and traditions in historical thinking that survive to this day. Contributions range from overviews of eras in the history of historical thought, to discussions of new methods that historians have drawn from other disciplines and of new historical subjects, such as gender, sexuality, selfhood, and natural environments. The Companion concludes with essays on contemporary challenges to classic, Western definitions of history that have emerged in global history, multiculturalism, post-colonialism, and new technologies.

For students, this Companion provides the background they need in order to understand contemporary historical debates and approaches, while for researchers and teachers it will serve as a useful reference work.

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Kramer, Lloyd and Sarah Maza (eds). A Companion to Western Historical Thought. Blackwell Publishing, 2006. Blackwell Reference Online. 19 November 2017 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9781405149617_9781405149617>



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