Ancient, Medieval, and Modern, Third Edition
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In this pioneering work, Ernst Breisach presents an effective, well-organized, and concise account of the development of historiography in Western culture. Neither a handbook nor an encyclopedia, this up-to-date third edition narrates and interprets the development of historiography from its origins in Greek poetry to the present, with compelling sections on postmodernism, deconstructionism, African-American history, women’s history, microhistory, the Historikerstreit, cultural history, and more. The definitive look at the writing of history by a historian, Historiography provides key insights into some of the most important issues, debates and innovations in modern historiography.
Praise for the first edition: “Breisach’s comprehensive coverage of the subject and his clear presentation of the issues and the complexity of an evolving discipline easily make his work the best of its kind.”—Lester D. Stephens, American Historical Review
Haven't finished it yet...
So far, I'm getting a sense of how to think about the crafting of history, and how historians' critique of each other's approach is interesting in itself.
The reason I'm writing this review now, is because reading this book a slow process, and I don't want to forget the following detail:
The editor of the brook version gave me a little puzzle to figure out. What is "ioropia"?
After scouring Oxford's lexicon of Greek, and perusing a modern Greek dictionary, I finally figured it out, but not by way of reference.
The OCR software did a poor job of rendering "istoria". The sigma was rendered as an English letter 'o' and the tau was rendered as an English 'r'. Hence, ioropia = istoria.
Took me several times diving in. But I finally figured it out.
This book gives much information that is informative and though it may be elitist historiography, it was well written