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A global history of historical writing, thought and the development of the historical discipline from the ancient world to the present. This is a definitive guide to human efforts to recover, understand and represent the past, bringing together different historical traditions and their social, economic, political and cultural contexts. Daniel Woolf offers clear definitions of different genres and forms of history and addresses key themes such as the interactions between West and East, the conflict of oral, pictographic, and written accounts of the past and the place of history in society and in politics. Numerous textual extracts and illustrations in every chapter capture the historical cultures of past civilizations and demonstrate the different forms that historical consciousness has taken around the world. The book offers unique insights into the interconnections between different historical cultures over 3000 years and relates the rise of history to key themes in world history.
Daniel Woolf is Professor of History at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Table of Contents
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Preface and conventions
History during the First Millennium AD
An Age of Global Violence, c. 1000 to c. 1450
History in the Early Modern Empires: Europe, China, Islam
Transatlantic Histories: Contact, conquest and cultural exchange 1450-1800
Progress and History in the Eurasian Enlightenments
The Broken Mirror: Nationalism, romanticism and professionalization in the nineteenth-century West
Clio's Empire: European historiography in Asia, the Americas and Africa
Babel's Tower? History in the Twentieth Century
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