The editors introduce the core areas of current debate within historical theory, bringing the reader as up to date with continuing debates and current developments as is possible. The book is divided into three parts, covering: • Part I. Foundations: The Theoretical Grounds for Knowledge of the Past • Part II. Applications: Theory-Intensive Areas in History • Part III. Coda. Post-Postmodernism: Directions and Interrogations This important handbook brings together in one volume discussions of the role of modernity, empiricism, realism, post-modernity and deconstruction in the historian's craft. Chapters are written by leading writers from around the world and cover a wide spread of historical sub-disciplines, such as social history, intellectual history, narrative, gender, memory, psycho-analysis and cultural studies, taking in, along the way, the work of thinkers such as Paul Ricouer, Michel Foucault and Hayden White. The Sage Handbook of Historical Theory is an essential resource for practicing historians, and students of history, and will appeal to scholars in related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities who seek a closer understanding of the theoretical foundations of history.

Women's History/Feminist History

Judith P. Zinsser

When Women's History Equaled Feminist History

Women's history has always been feminist history. At its simplest level, ‘feminism’ means an identification with other women, a sense of their disadvantaged status in relation to men, and a desire to change that situation.1 If one seeks out the first women writing their own history, one finds a feminist purpose: to prove that contrary to prevailing cultural expectations and dominant attitudes about the sexes, women were valued beings worthy of respect and capable of all of the rational activities reserved for the male mind and body. Similarly, literate, privileged women often came to their feminism through stories of exemplary women from their culture's past. These heroines offered possibilities ...

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