Making History: An Introduction to the History and Practices of a Discipline


Making History offers a fresh perspective on the study of the past. It is an exhaustive exploration of the practice of history, historical traditions and the theories that surround them. Discussing the development and growth of history as a discipline and of the profession of the historian, the book encompasses a huge diversity of influences, and is organized around the following themes:* the professionalisation of the discipline, looking at methodology, 'scientific' history and the problem of objectivity* the most significant movements in historical scholarship in the last century, including the Annales School, and the development of social and economic history* the increasing interdisciplinary trends in scholarship, showing interconnections between history, archaeology, psychoanalysis, sociology, anthropology, and literature. Scholars from non-historical disciplines have contributed to provide a unique approach to a controversial debate* theory in historical practice, looking at the social movements and ideologies that propelled its increased importance, including Marxism, post-modernism and gender history* historical practice outside the academy with reference to film, 'amateur' history, heritage and popular culture.The volume offers a coherent set of chapters to support undergraduates, postgraduates and others interested in the historical process that have shaped the discipline of history.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Peter Lambert
  • Phillipp Schofield
  • Robert Harrison
  • Aled Jones
  • Michael Roberts
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 2004


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