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Houses Of History: A Critical Reader in Twentieth-Century History and Theory

by: Anna Green and Kathleen Troup

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Publisher: Manchester Universit,1999.04

Category: Level: B/I/A

ISBN: 0719052556
ISBN13: 9780719052552

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The houses of history is a clear, jargon-free introduction to the major theoretical perspectives employed by twentieth-century historians. This innovative critical reader incorporates a wide range of approaches to the writing of history, giving accessible accounts of twelve 'schools' of thought ranging from the empiricist to the postcolonial, including Marxist history, psycho-history, the annales school of history, quantitative history, anthropology and history, narrative history, oral history, gender history and poststructuralism.

Each chapter begins with a succinct description of the ideas integral to a particular theory; the authors then explore the insights and controversies arising from the application of this model. The principal contributors to the development of the school are identified, as are the major critics. The chapter concludes with a representative example from an historian writing within this framework. A short list of references gives a guide to further reading in each area.

This new and up-to-date assessment of theory in history is the ideal basis for an introductory course in history and theory for students of history at all levels.

CONTENTS
1. The empiricists /
2. Marxist historians /
3. Freud and psychohistory /
4. The Annales /
5. Historical Sociology /
6. Quantative history /
7. Anthropology and ethnohistorians /
8. The question of narrative /
9. Memory and oral history /
10. Gender and history /
11. The challenge of poststructuralism/postmodernism /
12. Postcolonial perspectives