Category: History: Theory & Methods

Narrative and History
Based on the assumption that reality, reference and representation work together, Narrative and History explains and illustrates the various ways in which historians write the past as history. For the fist time, the full range...


Private Lives, Public History
The past is consumed on a grand scale- popularised by television programs, enjoyed by reading groups, walking groups, historical societies and heritage tours, and supported by unprecedented digital access to archival records....


Global History, Globally : Research and Practice around the World
In recent years historians in many different parts of the world have sought to transnationalize and globalize their perspectives on the past. Despite all these efforts to gain new global historical visions, however, the debates...


Oral History
The rapid rise in the study of Oral History has been evident across a wide range of academic and community settings. From surgeons in England investigating the embodied memories of half-remembered techniques in no longer...


Political Philosophy: System of Philosophies of History v.2
Because contemporary political philosophy owes a significant debt to the great nineteenth-century German philosophies of history, a sound knowledge of German Idealist philosophy is crucial to an understanding of our own time. In...


Aquinas' Summa Theologiae
This is an introduction to the most important theological work of the Middle Ages. In the intellectual tradition of the Christian faith, few thinkers have had a more profound effect upon both the nature of theology and the...


New Directions in Social and Cultural History
What does it mean to be a social and cultural historian today? In the wake of the `cultural turn', and in an age of digital and public history, what challenges and opportunities await historians in the early 21st century? ...


Interpretative Archaeology
This fascinating volume integrates recent developments in anthropological and sociological theory with a series of detailed studies of prehistoric material culture. The authors explore the manner in which semiotic, hermeneutic,...


How the Cold War Ended : Debating and Doing History
The Cold War continues to shape international relations almost twenty years after being acknowledged as the central event of the last half of the twentieth century. Interpretations of how it ended thus remain crucial to an...


Futures Past : On the Semantics of Historical Time
Modernity in the late eighteenth century transformed all domains of European life -intellectual, industrial, and social. Not least affected was the experience of time itself: ever-accelerating change left people with briefer...


Greatness : Who Makes History and Why
This path-breaking work offers the first comprehensive examination of the important personalities and events that have influenced the course of history. It discusses whether people who go down in history are different from the...


The Houses of History : A Critical Reader in Twentieth-Century History and Theory
The only history and theory textbook to include accessible extracts from a wide range of historical writing. Provides a comprehensive introduction to the theorists who have most inflenced twentieth-century historians. Chapters...


The Allure of Battle : A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost
Cathal Nolan's The Allure of Battle shows that while wars have shaped the history of the modern world, their outcomes are decided by many other factors. The book argues that major battles are not decisive to the outcome of...


The Distorted Past : Re-interpretation of Europe
This book turns the received wisdom of European history inside out. From discussions of the Gothic, Hun and Vandal invasions and the fall of the Roman Empire, through other great events and issues of European history, Josep...


History : An Introduction to Theory, Method, and Practice
Demystifying the subject with clarity and verve, History: An Introduction to Theory, Method and Practice familiarizes the reader with the varied spectrum of historical approaches in a balanced, comprehensive and engaging manner....


The Past in Ruins : Tradition and the Critique of Modernity
An examination of why some traditions have disappeared while others have survived


The Book of the People : How to Read the Bible
A. N. Wilson has been thinking about the Bible, and reading it, since he read theology for a year at university. Martin Luther King was 'reading the Bible' when he started the Civil Rights movement. When Michelangelo...


The Religion Of Democracy : Seven Liberals and the American Moral Tradition
A history of religion s role in the American liberal tradition through the eyes of seven transformative thinkers Today we associate liberal thought and politics with secularism. When we argue over whether the nation s founders...


Anne Hutchinson, Guilty or Not? : A Closer Look at Her Trials
This study provides a long-needed closer look at the trials of Anne Hutchinson, in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1637 and 1638. The book discusses the legal system of the times, and the Puritan doctrine that was at issue in both...


Decoding the Past : The Psychohistorical Approach
In Decoding the Past, Peter Loewenberg has collected eleven of his brilliant essays on psychohistory, a discipline that has emerged from the synthesis of traditional historical analysis and clinical psychoanalysis. He surveys...


Fascist Thought and Totalitarianism in Italy's Secondary Schools : Theory and Practice, 1922-1943


Critique of Dialectical Reason: v. 1
At the height of the Algerian war, Jean-Paul Sartre embarked on a fundamental reappraisal of his philosophical and political thought. The result was the Critique of Dialectical Reason, an intellectual masterpiece of the...


Jesus and the Chaos of History : Redirecting the Life of the Historical Jesus
In Jesus and the Chaos of History, James Crossley looks at the way the earliest traditions about Jesus interacted with a context of social upheaval and the ways in which this historical chaos of the early first century led to a...


The Lettered City
Posthumously published to wide acclaim, The Lettered City is a vitally important work by one of Latin America's most highly respected theorists. Angel Rama's groundbreaking study-presented here in its first English...


Sartre, Foucault and Historical Reason: Toward an Existentialist Theory of History v. 1
Sartre and Foucault were two of the most prominent and at times mutually antagonistic philosophical figures of the twentieth century. And nowhere are the antithetical natures of their existentialist and poststructuralist...


The Rise and Fall of Regimes : Toward Grand Theory of Politics
A contribution toward grand theory of political change, The Rise and Fall of Regimes describes three kinds of rule systems: (1) pragmatic, or opportunistic, Machiavellian; (2) informal normative, or moral; and (3) formal...


On History
A translation of Fernand Braudel's "Ecrits sur l'histoire", published in 1969. The main themes of the work are: the importance of a "rapprochement" between history and the social sciences; the...


Issues in Local History


Historical Thinking
Since ancient times, the pundits have lamented young people's lack of historical knowledge and warned that ignorance of the past surely condemns humanity to repeating its mistakes. In the contemporary United States, this...


Phantoms of Remembrance : Memory and Oblivion at the End of the First Millennium
In Phantoms of Remembrance, Patrick Geary makes important new inroads into the widely discussed topic of historical memory, vividly evoking the everyday lives of eleventh-century people and both their written and nonwritten ways...


Life Against Death : Psychoanalytical Meaning of History
A reevaluation of psychoanalytic theory, based on a Freudian interpretation of the history of Western civilization


The Historiography of Transition : Critical Phases in the Development of Modernity (1494-1973)
Defining a "historic transition" means understanding how the complex system of intellectual, social, and material structures formed that determined the transition from a certain "universe" to a "new...


Researching Local History: : The Human Journey
This practical but inspiring book considers what local history is, why researching it is valuable and rewarding, and how we should go about it. Issues addressed include: getting oral and documentary evidence; keeping records;...


Roger Scruton : The Philosopher on Dover Beach
This book presents an intriguing portrait of Roger Scruton and his philosophy. Roger Scruton is one of the outstanding British philosophers of the post-war years. Why then is he at best ignored and at worst reviled? Part of the...