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.

Memory: Witness, Experience, Collective Meaning

Patrick H. Hutton

The Contemporary Discourse about Memory and the Postmodern Temperament

Memory as a topic for historians rose precipitously within the scholarship of the 1980s and has maintained a prominent historiographical presence ever since.1 A marginal, somewhat arcane interest of the new cultural history during the 1960s - notably through Frances Yates’ highly acclaimed study of the Renaissance art of memory - memory studies by the turn of the twenty-first century had reshaped the research and understanding of cultural history, enriching both its methods and content. As a new field of historical investigation that matured rapidly, the phenomenon of memory studies sheds light on the way a field of historiography develops - from bold pioneers ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles