Welcome to the Tisch Library guide for Historiography. Use the table of contents to find definitions, topic overviews, books, articles, and more that will help you with your research.
Historiography: Background & Context
Want to learn more about the background and context of historiography and historical research? Below is a selection of resources that can help you to develop a better understanding of historiogrpahy, including the theoretical discourses.
In this pioneering work, Ernst Breisach presents an account of the development of historiography in Western culture. Neither a handbook nor an encyclopedia, this work narrates and interprets the development of historiography from its origins in Greek poetry to the present, with sections on such current topics as postmodernism, deconstructionism, black history, women's history, microhistory, Historikerstreit, the linguistic turn, and more.
A preeminent intellectual historian examines the profound changes in ideas about the nature of history and historiography, tracing the basic assumptions on which historical research and writing have been based and describing how the newly emerging social sciences transformed historiography following World War II.
The Companion to Historiography is an original analysis of the moods and trends in historical writing throughout its phases of development and explores the assumptions and procedures that have formed the creation of historical perspectives.
In academia, the traditional role of the humanities is being questioned by the "posts"--postmodernism, poststructuralism, and postfeminism--which means that the project of writing history only grows more complex.
Important, innovative and appealing, this volume of essays problematizes the intersection of the "political involvement in interpretation of the past" and the "nationalisation of the past by reinvention of 'authentic national historical memory.'"