By John Burrow
This extraordinary ebook via one in all Britain’s so much well known historians describes the highbrow effect that the research and attention of heritage has had within the Western international over the last 2,500 years.
Treating the perform of historical past now not as an remoted pursuit yet as a side of human society and a vital a part of the tradition of Europe and the USA, John Burrow magnificently brings to lifestyles and explains the specific traits present in the paintings of historians from the traditional Egyptians and Greeks to the current, together with Livy, Tacitus, Bede, Froissart, Clarendon, Gibbon, Macaulay, Michelet, Prescott and Parkman. the writer units out to not supply us the background of educational self-discipline yet a background of selections: the alternative of pasts, and the methods they've been demarcated, investigated, awarded or even occasionally realized from as they've got replaced in accordance with political, spiritual, cultural, and (often most crucial) partisan and patriotic situations. Burrow goals, in addition, to alter our perceptions of the the most important turning issues within the historical past of historical past, permitting the information that historians have had approximately either their very own instances and their founding civilizations to emerge with unforeseen freshness.
Burrow argues that the background of heritage is among the best methods we need to comprehend the prior. definitely, this quantity stands on my own in its ambition, scale and fascination.
Read Online or Download A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century PDF
Best historiography books
Do historians reconstruct the truthor easily inform tales? Professor John Arnold indicates they do either, and that it’s the stability among the 2 that issues. In a piece of metahistory (the research of heritage itself), he is taking us from the very good stories of Greek Herodotus to the numerous techniques of modern day execs.
The China-Burma-India crusade of the Asian/Pacific warfare of global warfare II used to be the main complicated, if no longer the main arguable, theater of the total struggle. Guerrilla struggle, commando and detailed intelligence operations, and air strategies originated the following. The literature is large and this booklet presents an evaluative survey of that massive literature.
Examines the paintings of 4 significant historians, Turner, Beard, Hofstadter, and Williams, and exhibits how smooth occasions have compelled a transformation within the writing of yank heritage.
During this paintings of sweeping erudition, one in every of our ideal historians of early Christianity considers quite a few theoretical evaluations to envision the issues and possibilities posed by way of the ways that background is written. Elizabeth Clark argues forcefully for a renewal of the research of premodern Western historical past via engagement with the categories of serious equipment that experience reworked different humanities disciplines in fresh a long time.
- Narrating the City: Histories, Space and the Everyday
- Cinema and the Invention of Modern Life
- Oral History, Oral Culture, and Italian Americans (Italian and Italian American Studies)
- History: A Very Short Introduction
- The SAGE Handbook of Historical Theory
Additional info for A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century
M o s t of their w o r k has 2,0 HERODOTUS been lost, but w h a t we k n o w of them, and the existing fragments, makes i t unlikely that anything like another Herodotus lies beyond the horizon of our knowledge. The best-known and probably most noteworthy precursor, Hecataeus of Miletus (b. 549 в с ) , was a geo grapher, mythographer and ethnographer of the Mediterranean and the countries around i t . He wrote surveys of Europe, Asia, N o r t h Africa (called by the Greeks Libya) and Ethiopia.
Herodotus is a garru lous, highly personal and conversational writer, w i t h no aversion to the first person; one meets h i m face t o face, as i t were, so that i t is not difficult t o imagine the readings he gave i n Athens by w h i c h his w o r k was apparently first made public. We k n o w his opinions, and hear of his travels, the wonders he has seen, the stories t o l d t o h i m , and his not infrequent scepticism about them. We can even reconstruct a good deal of his religious views, though here he is sometimes reticent.
I have heard before now that he also sent people to brand it with hot irons. He certainly instructed the men with the whips to utter, as they wielded them, the barbarous and presumptuous words: 'You salt and bitter stream, your master lays this punishment upon you for injuring him, who never injured you. '. In addition to punishing the Hellespont Xerxes gave orders that the men responsible for building the bridges should have their heads cut off. 35) Herodotus then goes on to give a technical description of h o w the bridges were rebuilt.