Main Trends in History

Main Trends in History

Main Trends in History

Main Trends in History

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1. HISTORY IN A CHANGING WORLD: FROM THE CLOSE OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY TO THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1

History in the first half of the twentieth century 5

The crisis of historicism 11

Marxism and Marxist history 17

2. THE SEARCH FOR NEW CONCEPTS AND A NEW METHODOLOGY ... 28

3. THE IMPACT OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES 45

The contribution of sociology and anthropology 48

Psychology and history 64

Economics and the demographic setting 72

Quantification in history 84

The present situation 89

4. NEW DIMENSIONS IN HISTORY 94

Pre-history 106

African history 109

New patterns in Latin American history 114

Contemporary trends in the history of Asia 121

The present situation of historical studies in the Third World 141

5. THE SEARCH FOR MEANING IN HISTORY: NATIONAL, HISTORY, COMPARATIVE HISTORY, AND 'META-HISTORY' 147

National history and regional history 149

The prospects of world history 153

Philosophy of history and 'meta-history' 163

Comparative history 168

6. THE ORGANIZATION OF HISTORICAL WORK 177

Accessibility of material and organization of archives 183

The impact of new techniques 192

Universities, academies, institutes 197

The place of the individual historian 203

7. PRESENT-DAY TRENDS AND PROBLEMS: SOME CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS 205

LIST OF WORKS CITED 215

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